Jika Joe gets World Cup power

2010-06-11 00:00

RESIDENTS of Jika Joe informal settlement will watch the 2010 World Cup after the Msunduzi Municipality decided to install a temporary power supply in their area.

Municipality process manager for electricity, Maxwell Mthembu, said the municipality technicians installed a customer distribution unit (CDU) at the prefabs area of the settlement in Masukwana Road last night. He said they will today install electricity cables to the few houses whose occupants have TVs.

“Not every house will get this temporary power. Only those with TVs in their houses will have cables with plugs installed in their houses,” he said.

He said the residents, who will be lucky to have power, will have to accomodate others to also watch soccer matches in their houses over the weekend.

“Right now our workers are at the settlement busy installing power. By tomorrow afternoon people of Jika Joe will be able to watch soccer like anyone else,” Mthembu said.

He said the temporary power will only last until Monday when the municipality starts to install permanent power supply in the area. He said the current will only be sufficient to handle lights and TVs.

The residents, who are living in the prefabs, have been accused of illegally connecting to power at a CDU at the corner of Burger and Masukwana Streets. About a week ago they barricaded Masukwana Street with burning rubbish demanding electricity.

The residents said they were concerned that they would miss a “once in a lifetime” chance to watch the World Cup played in South Africa.

“The municipality is trying hard to make sure that legal residents of Jika Joe [those who live in prefabs] enjoy the soccer.

“On Monday we will remove the temporary power as we will be installing a permanent supply.

“Only families who are living in prefabs will have electricity because they were placed there legally. Those on the other side of the river (plastic- and plank-made houses) are not included because it would be a risk to give them electricity.”

He said R600 000 has been set aside to install permanent electricity in about 200 houses in the settlement.

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