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Mayor unveils R2 million electrification project
​EThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede officially launched a R2million
electricity project in Ward 52. Pictured with her is Chairperson
of the Human Settlements and Infrastructure Committee
Councillor Mondli Mthembu, Ward 52 Councillor Boxer Zulu,
Acting Head of the Electricity Unit Maxwell Mthembu and Vincent
Zondi from the Electricity Department.
OVER 300 families will receive electricity as part of the rollout of a R2 million electrification project. They are among thousands of eThekwini residents who have already received electricity as a result of the City’s robust electrification roll out project.

EThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede officially launched the electrification project in the Clinic Informal Settlement and nearby areas in Bhambayi, north of Durban on 19 November in Ward 52. Mayor Gumede was accompanied by Chairperson of the Human Settlements and Infrastructure Committee Councillor Mondli Mthembu, Ward Councillors Boxer Zulu and Knowledge Phohlo, Acting Head of  he Electricity Unit Maxwell Mthembu and other officials. The project, which commenced on 21 November, will benefit about 300 families. The entire development is expected to cost R2 million. 

Interim services such as electricity, water and sanitation is provided for residents living in informal settlements. This is in order to ensure that while some people find themselves having to live in informal settlements that they however live under humane and dignified conditions. Mayor Gumede said the electrification of informal settlements is a Municipal wide programme which aims to provide interim services including water and sanitation, “This programme is currently being rolled out to different informal settlements in eThekwini.” She warned residents about the dangers of illegal electricity connections. “This practice often leads to devastating consequences, including the loss of life,” she said.

Ward 52 Councillor Boxer Zulu said the launch of the project was welcomed as seven people had died in the area as a result of illegal connections. “We have had informal settlements burn to the ground which left people destitute. With the connection of electricity formally, we hope that this will be a thing of the past.” ES Electrical contractors have been appointed to install electricity in the area.

They started work on 21 November and work is expected to be completed by January. However, about 70 percent of the 300 families will be legally connected before Christmas. Councillor Zulu said the project will also create temporary employment for locals. Acting Head of the Electricity Unit Maxwell Mthembu said: “Only qualified and authorised people can work on electricity as it can be very dangerous.” He called on residents to work with his department to remove illegal electricity connections to avoid the unnecessary loss of life and create a safe environment for all residents.

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