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S.Africa’s Eskom says fired workers disrupting construction at Medupi

Southern Africa

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Medupi would become South Africa's first new power station to come online in 20 years. PHOTO: infrastructurene.ws

Eskom said on Friday that workers who were fired for destroying property at the Medupi power plant it is building were blocking employees from entering the construction site.

“There is minimal work going on at the site as some dismissed union members were intimidating and stopping others from entering the site,” Eskom spokesman Khulu Phasiwe told Reuters, adding that only some 3,000 of the 21,000 workers at the site are currently working.

Labour disruption and technical faults have increased costs at the long-delayed Medupi coal-fired plant, expected to start generating 800 megawatts of extra electricity by July.

It would become South Africa's first new power station to come online in 20 years and help to address a chronic supply shortage.

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