Matat villagers ask for electricity

2016-03-25 06:00
Zimele Mathandela points to the hill at Nyosini village in Matatiele, on which the power lines have been erected.  Photo:siphelele nketo

Zimele Mathandela points to the hill at Nyosini village in Matatiele, on which the power lines have been erected. Photo:siphelele nketo

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THE electricity power lines that cross over Ward 18 villages in Matatiele do not make life any easier for the community as they continue to live in the dark.

The electricity lines at Calambasi Hill in Nyosini supply power to villages in Mount Frere in the Eastern Cape, but

Ward 18 has 12 villages and no electricity.

Resident Vuyani Duba (60) said this upsets the community.

“For the past 22 years of our democracy we haven’t had electricity. When Eskom erected the poles at Calambasi­ Hill, we hoped we would also benefit.”

A few years ago a young boy was electrocuted after climbing up one of the poles and another was allegedly hit by lightning as he walked past a pole.

Zimele Mathandela (60) said last year each household was supplied with a solar panel.

“Solar energy is not helping us because we can’t cook with it or use it for TV and radios. We only use it for light at night,” said Mathandela.

Ward councillor Zolile Bono said when he was elected in 2011 as ward councilor his goal was to ensure that people get electricity.

Bono said only one village in his ward has electricity­.

“My term as councillor is going to end this year.

“If people re-elect me, I will put pressure on the municipality to supply electricity to my ward. I don’t even sleep at night thinking about development in this ward,” said Bono.

Matatiele Municipality manager Tsepang Nakin­ said the municipality is aware there is no electricity in the ward and asked the community to use solar energy, while they address the challenge.

“The municipality needs to get the power capacity that will make things easy to connect electricity for Matatiele villages.

“It is not only Ward 18 that has no electricity, more that six wards have no electricity.”

THE electricity power lines that cross over Ward 18 villages in Matatiele do not make life any easier for the community as they continue to live in the dark.

The electricity lines at Calambasi Hill in Nyosini supply power to villages in Mount Frere in the Eastern Cape, but

Ward 18 has 12 villages and no electricity.

Resident Vuyani Duba (60) said this upsets the community.

“For the past 22 years of our democracy we haven’t had electricity. When Eskom erected the poles at Calambasi Hill, we hoped we would also benefit.”

A few years ago a young boy was electrocuted after climbing up one of the poles and another was allegedly hit by lightning as he walked past a pole.

Zimele Mathandela (60) said last year each household was supplied with a solar panel.

“Solar energy is not helping us because we can’t cook with it or use it for TV and radios. We only use it for light at night,” said Mathandela.

Ward councillor Zolile Bono said when he was elected in 2011 as ward councilor his goal was to ensure that people get electricity.

Bono said only one village in his ward has electricity.

“My term, as councillor, is going to end this year. If people re-elect me, I will put pressure on the municipality to supply electricity to my ward. I don’t even sleep at night thinking about development in this ward,” said Bono.

Matatiele Municipality manager Tsepang Nakin said the municipality is aware there is no electricity in the ward and asked the community to use solar energy, while they address the challenge.

“The municipality needs to get power capacity that will make things easy to connect electricity for Matatiele villages. It is not only Wward 18 that has no electricity, more that six wards have no electricity.”

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