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citypowerThe Citizen reports that the City of Johannesburg’s electricity utility City Power has refuted claims of a protest by some of its subcontractors.

Several areas in the city went more than 24 hours without electricity this week after technical issues and repairs needed to be attended to. As residents searched for answers for the delays, some shared messages claiming subcontractors had downed tools because of grievances. The utility hit back on Thursday, saying its more than 360 staff and contractors were still working. “As far as City Power is concerned, there is currently no protest from any of its recognised contractors, and operations are proceeding unimpeded since Monday – the day tools were supposed to be laid down,” spokesperson Isaac Mangena said. The utility said it had beefed up security to protect workers in case a strike threatened lives, property, and operations. It believes the threats and rumours of a go-slow may have come after it began probing and auditing all service providers for falsified invoices. “We will be having a pre-planned meeting with the 65 contractors [contracted to the utility] to discuss any challenges that they may be encountering regarding this audit and any other problems they may be having with paying their subcontractors,” City Power indicated.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Kyle Zeeman at The Citizen

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