Substation to be completed next year

2016-06-29 06:00
 Photo: Makhosandile Zulu Lembe District mayor Welcome Mdabe and Mandeni deputy mayor Phindile Sishi during a site monitoring visit at the Mangethe Substation last Wednesday.

Photo: Makhosandile Zulu Lembe District mayor Welcome Mdabe and Mandeni deputy mayor Phindile Sishi during a site monitoring visit at the Mangethe Substation last Wednesday.

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ILEMBE District mayor Welcome Mdabe and Mandeni deputy mayor Phindile Sishi embarked on a site monitoring visit at Mangethe Power Sub Station in the Macambini area (ward 8), in Mandeni, on Wednesday, 22 June.

The visit was part of the provincial government’s programme to celebrate 16 years since the establishment of local government. The celebrations entail lighting the local government flame which has, and will continue to, travel throughout the province.

The flame was handed over to the iLembe District by Uthungulu District on Tuesday, 21 June, at a gala dinner at Sunbird Lodge in Gingindlovu. The celebrations in the iLembe District were held from 21 to 24 June.

The Mangethe project will cost an estimated R75 million and is set to provide electricity to 20 000 households. With 70% of construction work complete, it is expected that by March 2017 the project will have been concluded.

Mandeni deputy mayor Phindile Sishi said: “There are sections of Mandeni near wards 1, 2, 8, 9 and 10 that were electrified, but some of the villages were left out due to low household densities in those areas. In recent years, new houses have been built around these areas resulting in an increase in the number of households without electricity.”

She said the municipality identified an estimated 5000 households that are without electricity in the Macambini area.

“The existing megavolt (MV) networks in the vicinity do not have the capacity to support this electrification potential. Major strengthening is therefore required to meet the new demand,” said Sishi.

She said the substation will also benefit networks in Sundumbili and Gingindlovu with 4 000 households shifted from the former and 1 500 shifted from the latter both to Mangethe.

“Apart from household connections, Mangethe Substation will provide adequate electricity supply to support economic developments for Mandeni and surrounding areas,” she said.

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