Eskom evacuates contractor workers after protest at Kusile

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JOHANNESBURG, May 18 – South African power utility Eskom on Friday, said it had to evacuate contractor workers at the Kusile Power Station in Mpumalanga after a violent protest erupted by employees of SGB, a subcontractor of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Africa.

Mitsubishi Hitachi is appointed by Eskom to design, manufacture, supply, erect and commission six 800MW utility steam generators for each of the Kusile and Medupi power stations.

Eskom said that the protest was against SGB management, in which workers were demanding that their pay related issues be addressed.

“In the interest of safety, all contractors were evacuated from the site and the situation is now stable,” Eskom said in a statement.

– African News Agency (ANA)