Rural communities get electricity

2016-07-20 06:00
Photo: Makhosandile Zulu KwaDukuza Mayor Ricardo Mthembu with ward 27 councillor Sithembiso Magubane turn on the lights at a home in Ntsikeni.

Photo: Makhosandile Zulu KwaDukuza Mayor Ricardo Mthembu with ward 27 councillor Sithembiso Magubane turn on the lights at a home in Ntsikeni.

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TWO rural communities from Ntsikeni and Dorinkop, under the KwaDukuza Municipality jurisdiction, received electricity after living without it for many years.

The switch on was done by KwaDukuza mayor Ricardo Mthembu on Thursday.
They became the latest electricity beneficiaries out of 785, whose houses had received electricity.

“This historic action confirms the call made last September that there must be a zero percent backlog by the end of 2016,” said Mthembu.
He said the municipality is committed to ensuring that every household is connected.

"Council spent R18 million on integrating the current energy infrastructure to cover three areas in KwaDukuza which had no electricity before," he said.

In Ntsikeni 283 homes were connected with 502 from Dorinkop. On Friday the mayor visited the community of Driefontein to launch a similar project.

This has been a huge responsibility for me as mayor as I have been engaging with these communities for far too long and it is a gratifying experience to deliver this project to the people on time.

“It is also a historic milestone for council and a life-changing experience for local people who have been here for the greater part of their lives,” said Mthembu.

He said in September the municipality commissioned the expansion of the energy grid in areas where Eskom was the licensed owner and supplier.

"We did this through a Schedule 5D (Schedule 6) application, which allowed us to extend the Eskom network.

“We want to make life without electricity a thing of the past," said Mthembu.

Ntisikeni resident, Fana Cele (70), who lives with his 56-year-old wife Rosemary, said the electricity has improved the standard of living in the area.

"Things have not been smooth sailing here, I've lived here all my life, but our lives have improved since the introduction of this project some few weeks ago.
“We now use electrical appliances. We have ordered a new fridge and are investing in a television - it is a whole new experience for me and my household.

“I congratulate the mayor for delivering this project on time, this shows the kind of leaders we have in our community, leaders who listen and take serious action to improve the lives of other people.
“I thank the mayor for keeping his promise and for listening to our concerns,”
said Cele.

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