Labour strike leaves parts of Johannesburg without power
JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - Large parts of Johannesburg - including the suburb where Mr Nelson Mandela is recuperating following his hospital release - were without electricity on Thursday after hundreds of technicians with the city's power distributor went on strike.
Around 200 technicians at Johannesburg City Power refused to work overtime on Wednesday afternoon, said Mr Louis Pieterse, a spokesman for the company providing power to South Africa's economic hub.
"They worked during the day and downed tools at 4pm, saying they won't work after hours," Mr Pieterse was quoted as saying by the Sapa news agency.
At the start of September, the company introduced evening shifts in an effort to decrease power outages in Africa's largest economy, which has been facing electricity shortages for years.