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Electricity for Umzamowethu

06 March 2015
Ward 1 Councillor Zolani Mayoni switches on the lights in Thandisizwe Mbiko’s (second from left) house during the switch-on ceremony at Umzamowethu, Oyster Bay. With them are Infrastructure Portfolio Councillor Patrick Kota and contractor Frikkie de Jager of VE Reticulation 2874.

Ward 1 Councillor Zolani Mayoni switches on the lights in Thandisizwe Mbiko’s (second from left) house during the switch-on ceremony at Umzamowethu, Oyster Bay. With them are Infrastructure Portfolio Councillor Patrick Kota and contractor Frikkie de Jager of VE Reticulation 2874.

Electricity for Umzamowethu

Thirty-four households in the informal settlement of Umzamowethu at Oyster Bay now boast electricity connections as Kouga Municipality continues its programme of providing legal access to electricity for all.

Umzamowethu last week (6 March) joined the likes of Phola Park and Shukushukuma at Humansdorp and Tokyo Sexwale at Jeffreys Bay in taking a step forward towards the formalisation of informal settlements.

The Oyster Bay project started in January 2015 and was completed at a cost of R340 000.

At the switch-on ceremony Infrastructure Portfolio Councillor Patrick Kota thanked the community for being patient while the same kind of developments happened in other areas.

“We ask that you exercise the same patience as we move to other phases of formalisation of this area such as the installation of taps, improvement of sanitation and roads.

“We want to assure you that you remain an important part of the broader Kouga community and you are not forgotten,” he said.

Ward Councillor Zolani Mayoni had a special word of gratitude for the residents who volunteered their services in digging the holes to plant the electrical poles in order to speed up the project.

“You really showed that working together we can achieve more. You are now rightful owners of this electricity. Please take care of it and fight against illegal connections,” he said.

Speaking on behalf of the residents, Xolani Dwani thanked the municipality for reminding them that they matter when it comes to service delivery.

“We can now also enjoy other liberties such as owning electrical appliances. Furniture shops will now be frequenting the place and we would like the municipality to prioritise the improvement of our roads,” he said.