Kandjoze lashes out at NamPower for power outages

04 Aug 2016 16:10pm
WINDHOEK, 04 AUG (NAMPA) - The Minister of Mines and Energy on Thursday lashed out at NamPower for the power blackouts Namibia experienced three times this year and called on the state entity’s management to change their game.
Obeth Kandjoze, who was speaking at the Electricity Supply Industry Stakeholders Forum in the capital, said this cannot continue.
“We cannot keep having these power outages, we have to drive change. Each power outage places the minister under frustration and shame. With each of those incidents, I tried my level best to explain to President Hage Geingob and my fellow countrymen and women as well as investors what happened.”
He stressed that a stable and reliable electricity supply is a pre-requisite to any development, and warned that an unreliable power supply impacts negatively on developmental plans and by extension, the economy at large.
Kandjoze gave his assurance that that his ministry will leave no stone unturned to ensure that normalcy prevails.
He informed the audience that he demanded that the management of NamPower submit a report as to what happened each time and what remedy is in place to prevent power outages in future, which will be tabled in Parliament.
“Our Fourth National Development Plan (NDP4), which will soon be replaced by NDP Five, identified energy as the vehicle to industrialisation.”
He said the Harambeee Prosperity Plan also has expectations from the energy sector.
The goal and desired outcomes with regard to electricity supply during the HPP period – the next four years - includes to increase the local electricity generating capacity from 400 Megawatts (MW) to 600 MW; the provision of electricity to all schools and health facilities by 2020; and an increase in the rural electrification rate from 34 to 50 per cent by 2020.
The forum was held under the theme ‘Ensuring Security of Supply Collectively.’ It was organised by the Electricity Control Board.