Residents to be trained on electrification

2018-05-24 06:01
Noxolo Silala signing an agreement that will see residents being trained for the electrification of Pholile A and Siyanyanzela informal settlements. Ashley Wore-Lane, Councillor Jongidumo Maxheke and Councillor Anda Ntsodo look on.PHOTO: mzwanele mkalipi

Noxolo Silala signing an agreement that will see residents being trained for the electrification of Pholile A and Siyanyanzela informal settlements. Ashley Wore-Lane, Councillor Jongidumo Maxheke and Councillor Anda Ntsodo look on.PHOTO: mzwanele mkalipi

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Fifty-two residents from two informal settlements in Strand will be trained in the electrification of Pholile A and Siyanyanzela informal settlements in Nomzamo.

The signing agreement was finally done on Thursday 17 May after it had earlier been rejected by residents of these areas.

The first group to sign was Ward 86 residents led by their councillor, Jongidumo Maxheke, who was absent at the previous meeting.

Ward 85 residents first asked to have a discussion as leaders, as they seemed unclear about what it meant to sign the agreement.

After the arrival of their councillor, Simthembile Mfecane, they also put down their signature for the process to go ahead.

Noxolo Silala, chairperson of Simanyene Informal Settlement, said a few words before she could put down her signature.

“I am dotting down my signature and I want all of you to know if what has been promised here doesn’t take place, it should be blamed on the mini mayor (Anda Ntsodo). I hope we will not experience any hiccups after this,” she said.

Councillor Ntsodo said the City of Cape Town were pleased to announce the successful signing of the agreement to provide training opportunities to EPWP workers in these areas.

He said the training will consist of pole climbing, installation of cable, installation of airdac, installation of ready boards and installation of pole boxes.

Ntsodo said a Certificate of Competence indicating training completed will be issued to each of the 21 EPWP workers from Siyanyanzela and 31 EPWP workers from Pholile A who participated.

Alsu Enterprises, the contractor, will provide the training on behalf of the City, he added.

“By including the local community in this project, we will maximise the impact of this work. Not only will the new electricity connections improve the living conditions of residents in these areas, but those participating in the project will be given the tools to further uplift themselves, and their families,” said Ntsodo.

He said this was in line with the City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan (ODTP) goals to be a “responsive, proactive and customer-centric organisation and to work much more closely with communities in order to enhance service delivery”.

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