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Informal settlements gradually upgraded

Informal settlements gradually upgraded

Marthina Mutanga

MORE than 1 200 households in informal settlements will be provided with electricity connections by the end of October 2020 in areas earmarked for an urban electrification programme.


Khomas Regional Governor, Laura McLeod-Katjirua, during her State of the Region Address said funds were specifically allocated to the Upgrading and Development of Informal Settlements and Low-Cost Areas in Windhoek programme.


McLeod-Katjirua noted that the City of Windhoek has received a grant of N$15 000 000 from the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development towards capital projects for the 2019/2020 Financial Year.


1 200 households informal settlements provided electricity connections end October 2020
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The City of Windhoek is responsible for providing, operating and maintaining a secure and reliable electrical infrastructure to Windhoek’s residents in an efficient and safe manner.


“Despite a citywide outage on 4 June 2018 that was attributed to equipment failure on the bulk supplier’s network, the City’s electrical network has generally performed well, according to McLeod-Katjirua.


The funds received were used to provide electricity services to individual households, as well as to install High Mast Lights to improve public safety in the informal settlements.


According to McLeod-Katjirua, it is anticipated that the City of Windhoek finalised the installation of seven high mast lights in the informal areas which are shared by different constituencies. The Samora Machel Constituency received two mast lights, Moses //Garoëb Constituency two and the Tobias Hainyeko Constituency will receive three of the lights.


The Governor noted that installation of electrical services for Babilon and One Nation Erf RE/3908 Portion 10 and Babilon Erf 3219 and Erf 3220 were recently finalised where 64 households were provided with electricity services.


“Contractors were appointed and are currently busy with the installation of the electrical services for other informal areas,” she said.


The commissioning of Babilon and One Nation electrification as well as the commissioning of the seven high mast lights has already taken place.


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