RR section lights up

2019-04-11 06:00
Councillor Mayco member for Energy and Climate Change Phindile Maxiti with Eunice Peter at RR Section Phindile Maxiti.PHOTO:

Councillor Mayco member for Energy and Climate Change Phindile Maxiti with Eunice Peter at RR Section Phindile Maxiti.PHOTO:

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Residents of RR informal settlement are overjoyed by the electrification of their area.

After years of living in the dark, residents switched on the lights for the first time on Sunday.

According to the City of Cape Town R16m has been set aside for the electrification of the area and Eskom is in the process of switching on the remainder of about 2 000 connections in the area. And to date, 1 801 households have already been connected over the first two phases of electrification.

The City said the electrification project came after many years of planning, community engagement and hard grafting, and that the project required informal structures to be relocated to enable work to proceed.

Resident Samkelo Vimbi said he is happy to have electricity at his house.

Another resident Eunice Peter said after living in the area for many years they are happy to finally be provided with electricity by Eskom and the City.

“We will now live like other communities in a dignified manner,” she said.

Peter thanked Eskom and the contractor for the opportunity of being the community liaison officer for the project and the experience she has gained.

Mayco member for energy and climate change Phindile Maxiti said it was heartwarming to meet some of the residents who were grateful for having electricity and that the project created employment opportunities for the community.

“This project is more than just about having a light bulb. Having electricity enables economic growth and allows small home-based businesses to operate more efficiently; it enhances safety; it reduces the risk of fires; it promotes better public health; and it also creates an improved environment for learners to achieve better academic results since they no longer have to use candle light to do their homework or to study for exams in the evenings,” said Maxiti.

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