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The City of Cape Town’s Council has supported Eskom’s application to the National Department of Energy to provide electricity to those living in the BM Section area of Khayelitsha. It is situated in an Eskom supply area. This will also help the City to proceed with its upgrade plans for this area. Read more below:

To obtain funding for the electrification of informal settlements, Eskom must prove to the National Department of Energy that a particular municipality supports the electrification of dwellings. It is hoped that electrification efforts for the 331 units will get under way within the next month, if all goes according to plan.

The electrification would focus on the City-managed relief area, which was established in the OR Tambo informal settlement to cater for the victims of the BM Section fires which happened in 2013.

‘Apart from providing a much-needed service for our residents, it will also assist us with our future informal settlement upgrades and developments in this area.‘A number of the City’s formal housing projects and the majority of the informal settlements without electricity are situated in the Eskom-licensed supply areas. In City supply areas, we have electrified close to 100% of our informal settlements that are able to be electrified. We will support Eskom in any way possible to ensure that our more vulnerable residents receive enhanced access to services,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements, Councillor Benedicta van Minnen.

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