"All stakeholders should be afforded an opportunity to engage with Eskom, Nersa and the minister on these issues", the union and Transform RSA, a civil-society group, said in the application.
"However‚ counsel for the Minister informed the court that whilst there is no interdict granted‚ the signing will however be postponed until the 27 March 2018 when the matter is finally disposed of in court".
Two unions in South Africa have blocked the signing of renewable energy power purchase agreements claiming that doing so will lead to job losses from closed coal plants. The government, which on March 8 announced its intent to sign 27 outstanding deals, has taken steps to prioritize partnerships with the private sector just weeks after President Cyril Ramaphosa took office and made his own appointments, including Energy Minister Jeff Radabe, to the Cabinet.
Media had reported that an interdict would prevent the signing ceremony from going ahead.
Today was supposed to be the day South Africa's REIPPPP renewable energy programme got back on track, finalising PPAs for projects that had been left in limbo despite being offered deals as long ago as 2015 under tender rounds 3.5 and 4, after a long-running dispute with state utility Eskom put the entire process on hold.
"Eskom was planning to sign these agreements despite the fact that a previous application, by the Coal Transporters Forum to interdict them from signing, is still pending at the north Gauteng high court".
A decision is now postponed until 27 March. As a result, the signing will proceed on a date to be announced immediately after the 27th of March 2018.
Coal ash disposals in South Africa. "This will also ensure opportunities for economic transformation and access to mainstream economy", the statement continued.
Radebe said the signing of the 27 projects will enable ZAR56 billion of new investment in the economy over the next two to three years.
"These programmes will contribute towards competitive market pricing of electricity‚ both for the household consumer as well as for industrial usage".
"In a nutshell, these projects will provide 61 600 full-time jobs, of which 95% is for South African citizens, mostly during plant construction specifically with a focus on youth employment".