GOBABIS: Gobabis residents, especially those residing in the Nossobville and Smallingerland residential areas, have had to do without electricity since Sunday, after electricity transformers supplying them with electricity broke down.
Irate residents told Nampa on Wednesday that they have been forced to prepare food on open fires, and their children have been struggling to do their homework at night due to the absence of electricity.
Many accused the municipality of allegedly not having a back-up plan that would have prevented such long power cuts, calling on an overhaul of leadership in the municipality.
“This is a growing town, how do you not have a back-up for your equipment? Why should residents who do not owe the municipality anything, suffer for their lack of foresight? This is not fair at all,” said Maria Hoases, who resides in Nossobville.
The two transformers supply electricity to Nossobville and Smallingerland – both middle-class residential areas – as well as parts of President Street in town.
The transformers were apparently blown out by lightning and ceased to work.
The offices of the Regional Education Directorate, Regional Council and some private residences along this popular street are also affected by the power failure.
The Gobabis Municipality Chief Executive Officer, Efraim Dawids on Wednesday confirmed that the situation is receiving the council’s immediate attention, saying it is expected to be resolved by Thursday.
“It is a very unfortunate incident but we have been working around the clock to remedy the situation. If the power is not restored by this evening (Wednesday evening), it will most definitely be on Thursday.
We have done our best to inform residents in the affected areas to be patient, as we have already secured other transformers to replace the broken ones,” he told this agency.
The transformers are expected to cost the municipality about N.dollars 700 000.