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Mayor launches R600 000 electrification project
​During the launch of the Demat 34 A Phase 1 electrification
project in Welbadacht area, Mayor Zandile Gumede officially
introduced Thulani Mtambo from Zethembe, the contractor
that has been appointed to install infrastructure for the
project.
​MAYOR Zandile Gumede has launched the Demat 34 A Phase 1 electrification project which will transform the lives of 258 families living in informal settlements in the Welbadacht area. The R600 000 electrification project was launched on 18 April, with the official introduction of Zethembe, the contractor that has been appointed to install infrastructure for the project.

Mayor Gumede said the project would also create 11 employment opportunities which will benefit residents in the area. She pledged that more jobs will be created because the project will be rolled out in phases until every household in the area has electricity. “EThekwini is a caring City and therefore, we strive to ensure that all our residents enjoy basic services like legal, safe and affordable electricity.

Therefore, the electrification project is continuous,” Mayor Gumede explained, as residents clapped and cheered in excitement. Residents were informed about the project last year during a community meeting. “Our Municipality made a promise last year that this area will be prioritised for electrification. We are back to fulfil this promise to show residents that we are a Municipality that delivers because we put our people first.

The development of areas in our Municipality is our top priority,” she said. Mayor Gumede encouraged residents that once the project has been implemented, they must pay for basic services and refrain from illegally connecting electricity. Ward 72 Councillor Sibusiso Mpanza encouraged residents to work with the Municipality to fast-track service delivery in the area. “Service delivery cannot be achieved overnight. Therefore, it is important that we work together and also exercise patience during the implementation of projects,” he said.

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