NAMPOWER will embark on a project to supply electricity to 1 000 houses in the various informal settlements around Windhoek that will cost N$15.5 million.
This was stated by Kahenge Haulofu who stated that the signing of the “Project Development and Transfer Agreement on the Electrification of Peri-urban Areas in the Municipality of Windhoek” is aligned to the City of Windhoek’s five-year Electrification Plan.
According to this agreement, NamPower is committing to contribute to the improvement of the lives of communities living in peri-urban areas, in and around Windhoek, by providing electricity to one thousand (1000) households, as part of NamPower’s corporate social investment.
The selected informal settlements to be electrified in the capital include, Babylon, Havana Ex 1 houses, Havana Ex 2, Havana Ex 3, Havana Proper, Okahandja Park, Ongulumbashe and Otjomuise Ex 6 & 7.
The Ministry of Mines and Energy, which is the custodian and responsible for the nation-wide Rural Electrification Programme, took note of the ever-growing number of peri-urban households in the country.
A study conducted by the Electricity Control Board in 2015 identified more than 73 000 peri-urban housing structures within the boundaries of municipalities and towns. In addition, the study also identified that the majority of those households did not benefit from any sort of rural electrification programme. The peri-urban areas in and around the City of Windhoek make up the majority of the more than 73 000 households.
The President was presented with pleas for a number of basic needs from our fellow Namibian citizens countrywide. From these needs the provision of electricity, as a basic need, was raised.
Haulofu stated that subsequently, the President then urged various stakeholders, state-owned enterprises, the private sector and other role players to join hands with the Government in providing such needs to our communities.
“At NamPower, we believe that it is our corporate responsibility and moral obligation to contribute to the up-lift of communities in Namibia. We expect that commissioning of the electrification project will be by the end of August 2020, if no delays are experienced during our COVID-19 transition Stages.” Haulofu said.