06 Feb 2017 15:13pm
ONDANGWA, 06 FEB (NAMPA) The Northern Regional Electricity Distributor (Nored) has appealed to local authorities not to approve business or residential buildings to be constructed under or near electrical power cables.
Speaking to Nampa over the weekend, Noreds Spokesperson, Herman Ngasia expressed dissatisfaction that local authorities and traditional leaders allocate plots for business or housing under such power lines.
Ngasia also said construction companies do not show concern about the safety of their employees by allowing them to do constructions directly under overhead electrical cables.
He pointed out that some contractors are ignorant when Nored gives them advice not to erect structures under or near such cables.
Ngasia said a person can be electrocuted whilst building, working or living under a power line.
The spokesperson referred to the construction of the new hostel block for the Shituwa Secondary School at Endola in the Ohangwena Region as the latest example of employees found putting up a building under power cables.
Ngasia said some old buildings are still found under power cables in the Ondangwa towns informal settlements such as Upopo and between Oluno and Onethindi.
He indicated that the whole Nored area of operation from the Zambezi, Kavango East, Kavango West, Ohangwena, part of Oshikoto, Oshana, Omusati and Kunene regions is affected by this phenomenon.
Ngasia said his company wants structure to be put up 12 metres from the cables as the standard.
We will continue with our own sensitisation safety campaign to address the issue and we target schools, business community and the entire public, the spokesperson stated.
According to him, materials with information about the danger that electricity can cause will be distributed during Noreds safety campaigns to be resumed in the near future.
The campaign commenced in September last year and its information materials are printed in both English and local languages.
Throwing objects on the cables is another concern as it causes outage and as such, Nored appeals to the public to refrain from such trend and to ensure that strange objects found on the cables are reported to the company to be removed immediately.