Narrow roads delay electricity connections in 8ste Laan: CoW

29 Apr 2014 17:20pm
WINDHOEK, 29 APR (NAMPA) – Narrow streets and other roads’ infrastructure in the 8ste Laan area of the Otjomuise residential township is making it difficult for the City of Windhoek (CoW) to install individual electricity connections.
This was the view of the CoW’s spokesperson Joshua Amukugo, who said during a media briefing here on Tuesday that in remedying this situation, the City's Town Planning Department is currently busy re-designing the area and widening the streets.
“The sooner that will be completed, the sooner the City will roll-out electrical connections to the affected communities,” he explained.
As an interim remedy for now, high mast lights will be set up to help provide lighting in the area.
The City has also completed the design of residential Erf 3372 along Bombay Street in Otjomuise as per the community’s request, and the electrical reticulation and individual connections will commence shortly.
He said the municipality is also busy extending the installation of high mast lights in the Havana informal settlement as per the community’s request. The design has already been completed by the consultant, and the process is on course to appoint a contractor for the setting up of the pole lights.
“The design for the electrical reticulation for the Havana Proper and Havana Extension One will be carried out during the 2014/2015 financial year, and we thus appeal to the communities there to remain patient while the services are oncoming,” Amukugo said.
He noted that the City has received a request from the Mix Settlement residents through the Office of Khomas regional governor, Laura McLeod-Katjirua for the installation of high mast lighting in that area, and the request is receiving the City's attention and the design is already in progress.
So far, the CoW has managed to provide individual electric connections to around 400 housing units in various low-cost areas such as Otjomuise, Okuryangava, Goreangab Dam, Havana and Wanaheda.
Amukugo then urged Windhoek residents to refrain from engaging in illegal electricity connections, as the City has town planning procedures and processes to follow before being able to officially render the required municipal services.
He said residents who will be found guilty of illegal electricity connections will be fined N.dollars 3 200.