And then there was light

2019-05-14 06:00
This Winter the residents of Jim se Bos Informal Settlement will also have electricity.

This Winter the residents of Jim se Bos Informal Settlement will also have electricity.

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The saying that there is light at the end of the tunnel became a reality for Jim se Bos Informal Settlement residents when they were connected to the electricity grid on Friday 3 May.

Headed by Mayco member for energy and climate change Phindile Maxiti, this was the first phase where more than 330 households were connected to the country’s power grid. Residents live on private property and the City thanked the owner for allowing them to provide electricity to the people.

The second phase is in the pipeline, surveys will be done to determine the number of other households that are due to benefit.

Maxiti, who was accompanied by ward councillor Elton Jansen, PR councillor George March and the community liaison officer, David Rajs, visited some of the beneficiaries.

Maxiti hailed the timing of the connection, saying it would help residents during the cold winter months. “Electrifying homes 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 candlelight to do their homework or to study for exams,” he explained.

He also commended the City’s Electricity Generation and Distribution Department, which he said was working hard to connect residents in informal settlements with electricity where possible.

“We will continue to make every effort to improve the lives of our residents in informal settlements through the provision of access to electricity, as part of the City’s commitment to service delivery and improving the health and safety of our residents,” Maxiti said.

He said according to the latest annual report (2017/18) 97.3% of households that the City supplies have access to electricity, 98.4% have access to refuse removal and 94.3% have access to sanitation.

The saying that there is light at the end of the tunnel became a reality for Jim se Bos Informal Settlement residents when they were connected to the electricity grid on Friday 3 May.

Headed by Mayco member for energy and climate change Phindile Maxiti, this was the first phase where more than 330 households were connected to the country’s power grid. Residents live on private property and the City thanked the owner for allowing them to provide electricity to the people.

The second phase is in the pipeline, surveys will be done to determine the number of other households that are due to benefit.

Maxiti, who was accompanied by ward councillor Elton Jansen, PR councillor George March and the community liaison officer, David Rajs, visited some of the beneficiaries.

Maxiti hailed the timing of the connection, saying it would help residents during the cold winter months. “Electrifying homes 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 candlelight to do their homework or to study for exams,” he explained.

He also commended the City’s Electricity Generation and Distribution Department, which he said was working hard to connect residents in informal settlements with electricity where possible.

“We will continue to make every effort to improve the lives of our residents in informal settlements through the provision of access to electricity, as part of the City’s commitment to service delivery and improving the health and safety of our residents,” Maxiti said.

He said according to the latest annual report (2017/18) 97.3% of households that the City supplies have access to electricity, 98.4% have access to refuse removal and 94.3% have access to sanitation.

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