Electricity for rural Ndwedwe

2016-05-25 06:00

KZN MEC for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Nomusa Dube-Ncube joined the community of Sonkombo in the Ndwedwe Municipality in celebration as two thousand local households switched on their lights for the very first time recently.
This was as a result of the department’s investment of R19 million towards a local electrification project.

During the MEC’s visit to one of the households, Zibuyisile Ngcobo (65) could not hold back her tears as she spoke about her joy of having electricity.

“I was getting worried that I might die without ever having electricity in my home, but the government came through for me and my family and we can now experience the convenience of modern life.

“The days when we had to walk into the forest in search for firewood are a thing of the past and our children can now study in the safety of electric lights,” said Ngcobo.

In her address to the community members gathered at the Sonkombo Sports Grounds, MEC Dube-Ncube urged the community to ensure that they report any suspected electricity theft as this impacts on the government’s ability to expand electrification projects to other communities.
“As a community, you now have the responsibility of ensuring that you utilise the electricity wisely and that no one makes any illegal connection or tries to bypass the meters because the money you pay goes towards ensuring that Eskom continues to produce electricity,” said Dube-Ncube.

Member of Provincial Legislature, Sihle Zikalala, who hails from Ndwedwe was also present.
In his address to the community, Zikalala thanked the local leadership in the municipality and the province for ensuring that this area now gets to experience the modern day convenience of electricity.

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