Free electricity for informal settlement residents

2016-07-07 06:00

AT a media briefing at Ugu South Coast Development Agency boardroom yesterday Hibiscus Coast Mayor Cllr Nomusa­ Mqwebu announced that informal settlement residents will be given free electricity­ to eradicate izinyokanyoka - illegal connections.

Mqwebu said Mkholombe and KwaMasinenge are two areas which will benefit from this government initiative to install electricity while they try to sort out proper housing for settlement dwellers.

“This government also saw the need for people in these areas­ to enjoy the fruits of the new dispensation while living in informal settlements and have access to electricity while the issue of decent shelter is being addressed,” said Mqwebu.

Once these areas have electricity uncontrolled fires will be reduced or eradicated.

The process will start in September­ as Eskom is in the process of appointing a contractor.

Mqwebu said the municipality is concerned that there are people who have heard of these plans and have started to get people, especially those from Mkholombe, to protest demanding electricity so that come September and the construction starts, they can claim victory.

“We want to make it clear that this is solely an initiative of the leadership of the municipality after realising the challenges experienced by communities in the informal settlements.

“We want to assure these communities that this will happen­ as funding has been secured­ for this purpose and we ask for patience, said Mqwebu.

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