Call for fast electrification of rural areas

2015-08-06 09:16

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COUNCILLORS are pleading with the Msunduzi Municipality to speed up the electrification process for rural areas, saying it will be a step toward reducing crime.

At a recent infrastructure committee meeting at city hall, it was noted that R10 million in grant funding was set aside for the electrification of certain areas.

Electrification of Zuma’s Extension in Sweetwaters, Triumph Road in Copesville, Jika Joe and Swapo phase 2 were expected this year.

However, the committee recommended to full council that the processes should be prioritised.

“It will go a long way in trying to fast track service delivery and minimise the risks of theft and vandalism of the electricity infrastructure in the affected areas,” it suggested.

The committee said fast tracking the process will also reduce electrocution, which has resulted in loss of “many human lives” in informal settlements with illegal connections.

About 400 connections are expected to be installed in Triumph Road in Copesville in the 2015/2016 financial year.

A further 200 in Jika Joe in Masukwane (East) Street, 100 in Zuma’s extension in Sweetwaters, 100 in Jika Joe in Fitzsimmons Road and 150 in Swapo Phase 2.

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