The City’s Electricity Generation and Distribution Department is working hard to connect residents in informal settlements with electricity and its Lotus Park project is progressing well. One of the residents, Mr Mzondeleli Nyama, whose home was electrified as part of the project is thrilled. He said being able to use appliances makes his life easier. Read more below:
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The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Energy and Climate Change, Councillor Phindile Maxiti, visited residents in Lotus Park in Gugulethu to inspect the work which is under way. This project is valued at more than R8 million and includes the electrification of approximately 700 informal structures which are located on land belonging to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA).
PRASA had given the City permission to complete the electrification work. This project is expected to be completed by the end of June 2019. The City has also electrified approximately 100 households in an adjacent area of City-owned land.
‘The work of this department must be seen as part of a wider approach by the City to enhance basic services to residents.
‘It is part of the City’s commitment to excellence in basic service delivery and to improving the health and safety of its more vulnerable residents.
‘Access to electricity, where it is possible to install, is a game-changer especially for the vulnerable in our society. It enables economic growth and allows small home-based businesses to operate more efficiently; it enhances safety; reduces the risk of fires; promotes better public health; and also creates an improved environment for learners to achieve better academic results since they no longer have to use candle light to do homework and to study for exams.
‘We remain committed to improving the lives of our residents in informal settlements,’ said Councillor Maxiti.
Due to the acute need for accommodation in the metro, rapid urbanisation and land scarcity, the City has shifted a large part of its focus to the formalisation of informal settlements.
Electrification projects, along with other basic services projects, are thus ongoing across the city.
Earlier this month, Councillor Maxiti visited residents in Khayelitsha’s RR Section informal settlement who had received electricity in their homes for the first time as part of a R16 million electrification project which comprises approximately 2 000 household connections to the power grid.
The City was also overjoyed earlier this year to begin electrification work in Jim se Bos informal settlement in Philippi. The first phase of the R2,8 million electrification project will connect 450 households to the electricity grid. Further surveys will be carried out to determine the number of households which will benefit from the second phase of this project.
According to the latest Annual Report (2017/18) across the metro 97,3% of our households that the City supplies have access to electricity, 98,4% have access to refuse removal and 94,3% have access to sanitation.