Parts of Jika Joe to get lights

2010-06-05 00:00

THE Msunduzi Municipality plans to install electricity meter boxes at the Jika Joe settlement by early next week, Deputy Mayor Jabu Ngubo told residents at a meeting on Thursday evening.

However, not the whole area will be covered: only the formal structures along Masukwane Road will have electricity as well as the new houses that are going to be built on the site of Ally’s Driving School and the Tatham Memorial sports ground.

Shacks across the settlement will not have electricity because they will soon be demolished.

The announcement comes after fierce demonstrations by residents who blockaded Masukwane Road on Wednesday evening with burning tyres, rubbish and wood, demanding that electricity be installed in their homes.

Bheki Dladla, a community leader, said they are relieved that there is now a timeframe for the provision of electricity. “The deputy mayor, who had promised to attend to the matter, told us that they will begin putting electricity in our houses by Wednesday this week.

“This is a far cry from the endless promises that had been made by the municipality in the past.”

Process manager Maxwell Mthembu confirmed that by Wednesday, they will have started putting electricity in the homes.

“We are now just preparing the material to start the process. By Wednesday we will have started and we just need two to three weeks for the process.”

He said putting the electricity at the settlement will bring an end to the illegal electricity connections in the area that have resulted in numerous blackouts in surrounding neighbourhoods.

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