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eskomBusinessLive reports that most of the staff at Eskom’s coal-fired Kusile power station in Mpumalanga were evacuated on Friday after a labour dispute turned violent.  

Staff, other than those keeping the power station running, were instructed to leave the plant when workers employed by a company sub-contracted by Mitsubishi and Hitachi allegedly set vehicles on fire.  Photographs of burning vehicles at the power station were posted on social media.  Police were called in to restore order.  Eskom spokesman Khulu Phasiwe said:  “The workers were demanding bonuses from the employer but because this was causing a threat to other people, we decided to evacuate everyone so that we can ensure we don’t have injuries at the power station.”  He went on to indicate:  “The expectation from Eskom is that the employer is going to resolve this issue with their employees so that on Monday we resume work without interruptions like we saw today."

  • A short report by Petru Saal is at BusinessLive
  • See too, Power station evacuated in Mpumalanga due to violent protests, at EWN

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