According to Vavi an unreliable power supply was a major deterrent to new investments and was threatening existing jobs.
In April it emerged that proponents of Eskom’s black economic empowerment (BEE) procurement policies were among the state-owned power monopoly’s biggest beneficiaries.
At the time energy analyst Ted Blom told the Cape Town Press Club that BEE suppliers to Eskom were “earning more than double the profits” that other suppliers were earning “with zero value added”.
It also emerged how the utility appointed a dentist and a beautician to supply diesel for its generators.
Vavi said the connection between corruption and the failure to deliver basic services was glaring. He said the education and health sectors were also suffering due to corruption.
“Children are being deprived of their right to education … because tenders are fixed to enrich companies who bribe officials.”
Vavi accused tenderpreneurs of stealing money which was meant to buy life-saving medication for patients.
According to Vavi 350 organisations had endorsed the campaign for the march against corruption, which takes place on 30 September in Pretoria and Cape Town.