Informal houses to be electrified

2014-04-30 00:00

THE community of Copesville can finally say goodbye to frequent black-outs caused by residents of the neighbouring informal settlements who make illegal electricity connections.

That is if the Msunduzi Municipality’s plan to electrify the Swapo and Nhlalakahle settlements starts in May as promised yesterday.

Finance MEC Ina Cronjé told residents at the Copesville Sportsground that R7 million was made available to electrify the houses of 2 000 residents living in the informal settlements, and the project was expected to be completed by Christmas.

She said the project was also intended to bring about social cohesion.

“We know that your neighbours who have legal electricity had a problem with their electricity supply as a result of illegal connections, so we want to put an end to this,” she said.

Cronjé said the plans have been approved and the money provided for the work to begin.

Msunduzi Mayor Chris Ndlela said the municipality had already started electrifying the Ezinketheni informal settlement in Copesville, and was now rolling the plan out to other settlements.

He said seven people had been killed because of illegal connections since July last year. “We need to fast-track our plans to electrify the informal settlements because we cannot sit and do nothing while our people are dying,” he said.

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