Power restored in Johannesburg

2013-09-07 15:30

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Johannesburg - Power was restored to all areas in Johannesburg on Saturday following outages during the week, City Power said.

"Any remaining power interruptions are not the result of the illegal work stoppage," City Power spokesperson Sol Masolo said in a statement.

But isolated outages, unrelated to the strike, were not yet restored, Masolo said.

A few hundred disgruntled workers downed tools on Wednesday over a new shift structure, which led to widespread outages. City Power said the new shifts were to improve service delivery.

He said regional command centres had been set up to ensure no further tampering of the power network.

"The centres have dispatched task teams to depots and improved security across all regions to prevent further tampering."

On Friday, Gauteng safety MEC Faith Mazibuko said striking workers had "sabotaged" sub-stations around the city. This, she said, amounted to "terrorism".

City Power on Saturday said it had met with two unions about the strike.

The company committed itself to negotiating with two unions only - the SA Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) and the Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (Imatu) - due to "formal channels previously agreed on".

Masolo did not elaborate on this.

"In the meeting, which was an information-sharing session, City Power indicated its concern about the manner in which striking employees disrupted the network," Masolo said in a statement.

"It shared the steps taken to ensure a continuous electricity supply..."

Read more on:    city power  |  imatu  |  samwu  |  johannesburg  |  strikes  |  electricity

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