Mines and Energy should subsidise Nored: Shiimi

10 May 2016 18:00pm
WINDHOEK, 10 MAY (NAMPA) – Omusati Regional Councillor Gerhard Shiimi has called on the Ministry of Mines and Energy to subsidise the Northern Regional Electricity Distributor (Nored) in order to make transformers more affordable for private individuals.
Tabling the Omusati Regional Report in the National Council (NC) on Tuesday, Shiimi said the provision of electricity is one of the biggest factors hampering industrialisation in the region.
The regional reports are documents that gauge whether promises made to the electorate have been kept.
Noting some of the challenges highlighted in the report, Shiimi stated that the use of generators and solar systems have proven to be unsustainable, adding that the installation of solar systems is challenging.
“Residents are eager to fight poverty by initiating income-generating activities but it is hard to sustain the activities due to a shortage of energy.”
The cost of installing a transformer depends on the distance of the village from the national grid.
The report also highlights challenges faced at the Olushandja water reservoir at Etaka, where a lack of financial resources is hindering the deepening of the reservoir to supply sufficient water to neighbouring regions.
Currently, the reservoir is about 17 kilometres deep and approximately two kilometres wide, and has a capacity to carry thousands of cubic metres of water annually.
“The council feels it is necessary to deepen the reservoir in order to carry forward its potential activities such as catching of fish, horticulture production and to continue with their gardening around and along the water channel.”
Shiimi added that the reservoir would also supply water to neighbouring houses and villages, and constituencies such as Otamanzi, Uuvudhiya and Oponona.