Eskom power station hit by protests


South African power utility Eskom said one coal-fired unit at its Arnot power station was not working but denied trade union claims that five units were down because of low coal supplies and wage protests.

Eskom spokesman Khulu Phasiwe confirmed union reports of intimidation at the plant by protesting employees preventing non-striking colleagues from showing up to work. He could not confirm reports three units at other power stations were down.

The utility warned there is a high risk of electricity cuts this week because of the disruptions.