OTJIWARONGO: The Central Northern Regional Electricity Distributor (CENORED) last week switched on electricity for over 300 shacks in Otavi and Grootfontein.
“Today is a historic day in the lives of our people residing in the Khoeb informal settlement as we switch on their electricity,” said Otavi Constituency Councillor, Ndapewa Nambili in Otavi on Thursday.
She praised CENORED in its quest to electrify the peri-urban areas in the country to enable informal settlers to live better lives.
Nambili said electricity in Namibia is no longer a luxury, but a basic need for everyone – young and old.
Close to 200 shacks in Otavi received electricity at a cost of over N.dollars 1. 9 million, said Nambili.
“Our children will now be able to study for their examinations easily in their homes.
They will not use candles anymore, as we all know candles are not safe for them,” noted the councillor.
Nambili urged the Otavi business community to seize the opportunity and do “real” business, as the electricity they have been waiting for has arrived.
She, however, warned residents of Otavi not to vandalise the electricity infrastructures, saying it is expensive to maintain.
The switching on of electricity also took place in Grootfontein on Friday last week.
Grootfontein Constituency Councillor, Bartholomew Mathew switched on the supply of electricity to Grootfontein’s Extension 5 and Saamstaan residential areas.
“I wish to take this opportunity and thank each one of you who found time to join us here to celebrate the successful completion of CENORED’s peri-urban electrification exercise in our town. This is in line with the country’s vision, Vision 2030,” noted Mathew.
He said CENORED is striving to ensure that the quality of lives of all Namibian people is socially improved.
“Therefore, I am happy to note that the project in our town will benefit close to 150 households,” he said.
Grootfontein’s electrification exercise was completed at a cost over N.dollars 1.5 million, revealed Mathew.
In July 2012, CENORED commissioned its electricity supply to the Ombili informal settlement in Otjiwarongo, and over 1 200 shacks got electricity.