Theft, vandalism hampering Nored services

30 Mar 2017 16:00pm
ONGWEDIVA, 30 MAR (NAMPA) – Northern Regional Electricity Distributor (Nored) Board Chairperson, Sacky Kayone said the company faces a myriad of challenges including the limited supply of power, theft of infrastructure and vandalism.
He said such challenges have been hampering the successful transmission of power by the company to its customers.
Kayone made the remarks on Wednesday during the company’s annual general meeting.
He said the distributor’s safety performance needs more attention.
The chairperson made reference to the number of lives lost as a result of careless handling of electricity in some of the northern areas in recent years.
Last year, a six-year-old boy died instantly at the Mpora village in the Kavango West Region after he accidentally got in contact with exposed live electric cables, while a 13-year-old boy was electrocuted when he tried to connect his radio speakers at the Okahenge village in the Ohangwena Region the same year.
Earlier this year, an 11-year-old boy was seriously injured after a failed attempt to obtain sparks from live electric wires for fun in the Omusati Region’s Onahenda village.
Kayone also highlighted incidences during which network infrastructure were vandalised in the Zambezi and Ohangwena regions.
He said other challenges posing health and safety risks are buildings constructed illegally under power lines, and copper wire theft which was reported recently in Omusati.
“These cases are very big safety violations and also cause interruptions in power supply, affecting customers in those areas,” Kayone warned.
He added that anyone discovered tempering with the distributor’s service provision will be dealt with accordingly.
Kayone noted that flood water also contribute to damaged electricity cables.
“The current rainy season has also brought along floods this year, and despite the rain being good for agriculture, amongst others, service delivery is also negatively affected during this season,” he said.
Kayone assured the meeting that the distributor’s directors and management are now more than ever committed to changing their safety performance.
Nored distributes electricity to customers in the regions of Caprivi, Kavango, Oshana, Ohangwena, Omusati, Oshikoto and Kunene.