25 Apr 2018 10:21am
KEETMANSHOOP, 25 APR (NAMPA) The Keetmanshoop Municipality handed over 100 prepaid electricity meters to pensioners here on Tuesday.
The municipality hopes the new meters will help the pensioners, who are currently post-paid electricity clients, to reduce their expenditure on electricity.
Speaking at the handing over ceremony, Keetmanshoop Mayor Gaudentia Kröhne said with the help of the Erongo Regional Electricity Distributor (RED), the municipalitys partner in distributing electricity at the southern town, they could give the pensioners the meters for debt management purposes.
She said they will be able to control their electricity usage and it will also allow them to make use of cheaper electricity.
We appreciate you as our elders, that is why we decided to do this for you. Its a small thing, but I know from now on you can control you electricity bills as you will pay for what you use, Kröhne said.
Erongo REDs Energy Management and Revenue Protection Superintendent, Günther Thiel said the company has decided to give the pensioners the prepaid electricity meters as post-paid electricity is expensive.
You get some houses that have an electricity bill of N.dollars 800 under post-paid electricity and this is too much for a pensioner to pay, so under the prepaid electricity, the pensioner will pay for what they use, he said.
On behalf of the pensioners, one of the beneficiaries, Petrus Boois said they were grateful for what Erongo RED and the municipality have done for them and that now as pensioners, their grant money will not just go to electricity, but for other necessities too.
It is good what you have done, it is good that we have raised you up and now you are working for us. Thank you Erongo RED, Keetmanshoop Municipality and the councillors, he said.
The boxes cost Erongo RED over N.dollars 100 000 and the installation will be done by the municipality free of charge.