Free electricity to continue

2009-08-21 00:00

THE presentation of the Msunduzi Municipality’s integrated development plan (IDP) process plan for the next financial year was greeted favourably at an executive committee (Exco) meeting yesterday.

However, Mayor Zanele Hlatshwayo said further input is required from the various ward committees and a request should be sent to the speaker’s office for reports on issues that are being discussed.

IDP manager Robbie Mkhize said there are problems in some rural areas where izinduna are allocating land to people in return for payment. For instance, there are allegations that izinduna are accepting between R250 and R500 in addition to a case of beer and a bottle of liquor in return for site allocation, said Mkhize.

Mkhize said this is a problem because people who occupy the land do not have access to services such as electricity and running water.

In a move to address the plight of those classified as indigent, Exco members decided to approve a request to provide free basic electricity to needy residents.

A sum of R11 million has been allocated to renew an agreement with Eskom, which allows the municipality to fund basic electricity to those in need. The previous agreement, which expired on June 30, has been extended to June 30, 2012.

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