237 informal households in Pholile B connected to electricity grid

06 Jul 2022 in Where We Govern

Some 237 households in the Pholile B informal settlement in Nomzamo were connected to the electricity grid today, 6 July 2022.

The City connected 237 households to the electricity grid in the Pholile B informal settlement in Nomzamo, Strand, today, 6 July 2022. In City-supplied areas and on City-owned land, where it is possible to do so, almost all older informal settlements in the metro have been connected to electricity. The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Energy, Councillor Beverley van Reenen, and other dignitaries attended the switch on.

‘It was a special day for the City and Pholile B community. Staff and contractors have been working on this project since 2018 and it is expected to be completed during the current financial year, if all goes according to plan.

‘We are especially pleased that this project will immediately improve the living conditions of residents especially in the winter months. This electrification project will enhance the community’s living conditions as well as the safety of the residents who can now move away from dangerous open flames for lighting and warmth.

‘The City thanks the community for their patience while the work continues and we remain committed to providing electricity services where it is possible to do so.

‘We encourage residents to look after the infrastructure and report any tampering and illegal connections. Any suspicious activities may be reported to the South African Police Service (SAPS) or to the City. In recent months, the City has seen a significant increase in vandalism and damage to its electrical infrastructure in some areas, and attacks on City staff and contractors continue,’ said Councillor Van Reenen.

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Residents can give anonymous tip offs if they are aware of illegal activity that is taking place; that has happened or is still to happen. Please call 112 from a cell phone (toll free) and 107 from a landline or 021 480 7700 for emergencies.