Matat village gets electricity

2015-06-19 06:00
Recipient of furniture and groceries, Wellington Juqu (left, 80), Matatiele Municipality Mayor Momelezi Mbedla (back) and Deputy Minister of Energy Thembisile Majola switch on electricity in his home.
Photos: ntuntu dweba

Recipient of furniture and groceries, Wellington Juqu (left, 80), Matatiele Municipality Mayor Momelezi Mbedla (back) and Deputy Minister of Energy Thembisile Majola switch on electricity in his home. Photos: ntuntu dweba

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Ramafole village in Matatiele residents were very excited when 640 households in their village received electricity. The Deputy Minister of Energy Thembisile Majola, MEC for Cogta in the Eastern Cape Fikile Xhasa and Matatiele­ Local Municipality Mayor Momelezi Mbedla attended the official switch-on of the electrification.

Mbedla, addressing residents, thanked them for not embarking on protests because they didnand#039;t have electricity. “We know it has been a long wait. We know it has not been easy, but we are very grateful for your patience. We have never heard that the people of this area are closing roads or burning infrastructure because they didnand#039;t have electricity. Now your day has come,” he said.

Two families received R10 000 worth of furniture and food from the office of the mayor. “We identified two poor families in Ramafole, one headed by a young boy and one by an old man with a disability. We gave them each a fridge, ward-robe, small stove, iron and a kettle, and we didnand#039;t end there, we also gave them groceries so they can enjoy their electricity,” Mbedla said.

Phomolo Mothapa (21), an orphan in Grade 10 who lives alone, was delighted with the furniture and food he received. “I am very happy for what has happened in my home today. Thank you to the municipality for the gifts and I am happy for the electricity because I can now study until late,” he said.

Majola said electricity is a basic need that should be enjoyed by all. “I have come here today to Matatiele to celebrate with the residents. It is an honour to be here to witness what the Municipality of Matatiele, Eskom and the Department of Energy have done.

“It is important for us to work together with you to address challenges, and to celebrate success together when there are successes. “Just like we are celebrating here today, we are a caring government and want to remain a caring government,” she said.

Speaking about the abandoned Integrated Energy Centre in Caba-Mdeni, a Matatiele village that was opened in 2004 by the Department of Minerals and Energy in partnership with Sasol, Majola said that communication of all spheres of government is important.

“As government we do not want any infrastructure to go to waste, that is where working together, as all government spheres, comes in. I am based in Pretoria and I am not aware of everything that happens in Matatiele, but I will communicate with the municipality to find out more about what happened with the project, and then we will take it from there,” she said

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