eskomThe Star reports that about 100 people from the Kusile area protested on Monday morning, demanding jobs at the Kusile Power Station in Mpumalanga.  The N4 and parts of the N12 were blocked as marchers called for employment.  

Protestors allegedly threw rocks at passing vehicles.  Eskom spokesman Khulu Phasiwe said:  “They want to be hired, but we can’t hire everyone.  The power station is still being built and the contractors building it have already got the numbers they need.”  He went on to indicate that, once Kusile was up and running, they would hire general workers to deal with things like cleaning, but “what we really need is people with engineering degrees or technical skills.  At the end of the day, Eskom is an engineering company and we can’t just hire hundreds and hundreds of people.”

Read this report by Ilanit Chernick in full at The Star

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