Residents urged to save fuel

2017-05-18 06:00
Mmamoloko Kubayi, minister of Energy, addresing residents in Joe Slovo, N2 Gateway, Langa, on Tuesday.

Mmamoloko Kubayi, minister of Energy, addresing residents in Joe Slovo, N2 Gateway, Langa, on Tuesday.

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Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi has warned residents of the dangers of illegal electrical connections.

She was speaking during an energy safety walk-about campaign in Joe Slovo and the N2 Gateway in Langa on Tuesday.

She also handed-over solar lamps, gel stoves and energy safety pamphlets in the area.

The campaign highlighted the safe usage of electricity, and discouraged community members from committing illegal connections, as well as electricity and cable theft.

Officials from the department engaged the community on safety related issues, including the safe use of paraffin stoves and candles in homes.

Kubayi said it was important for residents in informal settlements to exercise caution on issues that can cause fire.

“Let us not do illegal connections, because that causes fire and burn our shacks. Let us also not steal electricity. We also need to refrain from leaving children with Izimbawula.

We are here to encourage you to use electricity wisely.

We do not want to experience load shedding again. We understand that some residents are unemployed and the affordability of buying electricity becomes an issue, but we say they must not be involved in things that can cause fire,” Kubayi said.

She promised that her department will train unemployed youth for a project that aims at addressing energy issues in the area.

Phuthunywa Kadeni, 41, who shares her shack with her four children, thanked Kubayi for the solar lamp and gel stove.

“I do not have electricity here so that will make a great change in my life. I lost everything after fire destroyed my shack sometime ago,” Kadeni said.

Livingstone Tambo, 52, who received the solar lamp and gel stove, said they will help him to save money.

“I am happy, because I will save a lot of money in buying electricity,” he said.

Tambo, who suffers from a debilitating illness, which cause him restricted movement in his knees and hands joints, also asked Kubayi for a wheelchair.

The wheelchair that he uses is broken.

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