Hiltonites hear plan of action to bring an end to power outages

2012-03-05 00:00

FOR the first time the residents of Hilton were informed in detail about what causes frequent power outages there.

Residents and the suburb’s ratepayers’ association came in large numbers to the Hilton Community Hall on Thursday evening to be briefed by Msunduzi and uMngeni mayors and officials as well as by Finance MEC Ina Cronjé.

Cronjé told the residents that as a Hilton resident herself she is upset by the frequent power outages there.

Residents, who frequently express their anger to the newspaper, were courteous and understanding of the challenges faced by the council. They welcomed the proposed upgrade of the electricity lines to end the outages.

The municipality made a presentation and a consultant contracted by the council outlined a proposed plan of action. Residents’ questions were also dealt with.

Acting Msunduzi electricity process manager Sewdutt Nagasar said the electricity supply lines to Hilton run through a forested and hilly area. Msunduzi supplies electricity to 2 100 customers in Hilton and Winterskloof.

“One of the biggest challenges is the trees alongside the servitude, the road reserve in the Hilton area and in private properties,” said Nagasar.

He admitted that a major problem is a lack of communication between the council and residents.

“[We have] to establish lines of communication with the Hilton Ratepayers’ Association (HRA) … [and the] HRA electrical sub-committee to discuss technical issues” and attend progress meetings on the upgrading of the lines.

He said the two municipalities will attend to the tree problem.

Hilton resident Nick Denny-Dimitriou said that there had been deep frustrations and anger regarding the outages. He thanked the municipalities’ leadership for shedding light on the area’s electricity woes.

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