Vandalism of electricity infrastructure a concern for Cenored

11 Oct 2018 15:00pm
OTJIWARONGO, 11 OCT (NAMPA) – The Central North Regional Electricity Distributor (Cenored) on Thursday expressed concern about increasing vandalism on its electricity infrastructure at Otavi, Otjiwarongo and Okahandja.
Cenored Public Relations Officer, Chali Matengu at a media briefing in Otjiwarongo said electricity street bulbs, substations’ padlocks and poles, particularly at the three towns, are being randomly vandalised by unknown individuals.
Matengu said most of these electricity infrastructure are not guarded by security personnel, adding that incidents of vandalism have thus increased at an alarming rate.
“It will be very expensive for us to contract a security guard on each of our electricity equipment, substations or kiosks in the Oshikoto, Kunene, Otjozondjupa and Omaheke regions where we distribute electricity,” he said.
Matengu urged community members with goodwill to report any person who vandalises or steals electricity parts to the nearest police station.
He said this repeated vandalism costs Cenored a lot of money to again buy the electricity parts and conduct repairs on those broken street lights or substations.
Cenored Executive Manager for Corporate Services, Ekonia Mudjanima on his part expressed delight over the solar plants under Cenored at the Tsumkwe and Gam settlements, saying they are working perfectly.
Cenored took over the two solar plants at the settlements from the Otjozondjupa Regional Council on 01 July 2017.
“Electricity is supplied at the two settlements with our solar panels and their batteries are backed up with the diesel generators, and all is good there,” said Mudjanima.
The executive said electricity at Tsumkwe and Gam is now being supplied throughout the day and night compared to the past when it was only available during the day for six to 11 hours.