16 Jun 2016 12:20pm
RUNDU, 16 JUN (NAMPA) - A number of areas at the Kehemu settlement in Rundu will be connected to the national electricity grid in the next three to four months.
The Northern Regions Electricity Distribution Company (Nored) plans to spend N.dollars 2 million to start supplying electricity to extensions 18, 19, 24, 25 and 26.
This was said by Nored Area Manager in Rundu, Efraim Imalwa at the handing over of a site to contractor Power Consult Electrical and Mechanical Engineers on Tuesday.
The company has formed a joint venture with MJ Engineering.
Nored has realised that the Rundu Town Council has for the past three to four years been doing settlement electrifications, he said, adding that the company thought it right to help the town council in line with the Harambee Prosperity Plan - Government's developmental plan with outlined planned activities for the next four years.
Nored has also established that some community members have illegal electricity connections. We know people need electricity but this is not the right way to do it, he said.
The contractor will install two transformers; 520 metres of medium voltage lines and 4 500 metres of low voltage lines.
Fifty-four street lights will be installed to light up Kehemu settlement.
Also speaking at the handing over, Rundu Mayor Verna Sinimbo said some residents are still waiting to see development in their respective localities.
I know we all rely on electricity because it has multiple uses
Without it we have to use other forms of energy that are less efficient, she said.
Sinimbo urged members of the community to give the contractor their support so the project can be completed on time.
The headwoman of Kehemu, Magreth Mushongo said she is happy that they will now be supplied with electricity.
We have water, now we are getting electricity, this is great. Crime in our settlement will now also be reduced, she said.