First Leg of Electrification Commences
The first leg of the electrification project was launched by the Mayor of Kimberley, Mr Mabilo, on Tuesday last week. The Sol Plaatje Municipality embarked on an enormous project to provide 1515 homes with basic electricity services across the district. Snake Park was the largest beneficiary in terms of households provided with electricity, amounting the total to 949.
In his Speech, Mr.Mabilo mentioned that a number of relevant stakeholders have largely contributed to this project and have played a pivotal role in ensuring that people receive electricity. This project is estimated to cost around R24 million. Mr. Mabilo went on to state that the aim was to complete the electrification process by the end of June this year. Other informal settlements have already been supplied with electricity.
In Kutlwano Township, a total of 40 houses have received electricity. 300 households will receive electricity in Platfontein, 130 houses in Santa Centre and 64 and 15 households will receive electricity in Soul City and Mathibe locations respectively. The project did not only improve the lives of the residents, it also ensured that locals are employed during the project.
“Twenty young people have been employed as labourers from various wards within the Sol Plaatje Municipal jurisdiction in this project. They will gain skills of basic health and safety and will be accredited so that they can use these skills for future job prospects,” Mabilo said. The M.E.C of Human Settlement Mr. Norman Shushu was one of the dignitaries who attended the launch.