26 Aug 2014 19:10pm
BUITEPOS, 26 AUG (NAMPA) - The community of Buitepos in eastern Namibia was on Friday connected to the main electricity network in the area, following the electrification of some 42 households at the settlement.
Buitepos, located 113km east of Gobabis along the Trans-Kalahari highway, is the border settlement and eastern gateway to Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Before Friday, electricity at the settlement was limited to the main government building and offices of institutions such as the border post, police station and the newly constructed clinic.
The remainder of the settlement was in complete darkness.
The Buitepos community also received street lights, which is expected to bring criminal activities at the settlement to a minimum.
The electrification was done by the Central North Regional Electricity Distributors (Cenored), which provides electricity to the Omaheke Region.
Addressing community members during the official 'switching on' of the main electricity switch at the settlement on Friday, Cenored Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mburumba Appolus said the electrification of the settlement came as a result of the positive developments that have taken place at the settlement, such as the construction of a police station and a clinic amongst others.
He said such development encouraged his company to heed the call of the Omaheke Regional Council to electrify Buitepos.
The Omaheke Regional Council, through your local councillor for the Kalahari constituency saw it fit that you receive electricity. It is imperative to note that electricity is no more a want or a luxury, but a basic need as everything comes to a standstill without it, he said.
Omaheke Regional Governor, Festus Ueitele praised Cenored for taking a bold step in realising one of the longstanding projects of the Omaheke Regional Council.
He said the provision of electricity to the settlement will not only enhance the lives of the residents who call Buitepos home, but is a great step in realising the country's developmental objectives.
The importance of rural electrification cannot be underestimated if Namibia dreams of becoming an industrialised country by 2030. Therefore, the provision of electricity should encourage the people of Buitepos to find new avenues of earning money and also to increase their standard of living, said Ueitele.
A second phase to the electrification process in the Buitepos area, which is expected to start soon, will see the village of Blouberg also electrified. A six kilometre line will be constructed at Farm Proset in the Otjombinde constituency, which will further cater for the electrification of about18 households in that area.