Electrification programme explained

Monday, February 16, 2015

Pretoria - The Presidency has announced targets and funding for municipalities which would benefit from the electrification programme announced by President Jacob Zuma during the State of the Nation Address (SONA), last week.

During the SONA, President Zuma announced that the electrification programmes would continue, and mentioned that there were still an additional 3.4 million households awaiting electricity.

The programme is aimed at eradicating apartheid backlogs in the supply of electricity.

He mentioned Amathole district Municipality, Umzinyathi District Municipality, Alfred Nzo District Municipality, Lukhanji Municipality and OR Tambo District Municipality would benefit from the programme during the 2015/16 financial year.

On Sunday, the Presidency announced that the Amathole District Municipality has been allocated R138.4 million to electrify 7 936 households.

The Umzinyathi District Municipality has been allocated R118 million to electrify 6 930 households.

To date, a total of R118 million has been transferred and 2 365 households have been connected.

An additional provision of R209 million has been made for the 2015/16 financial year for household electrification and bulk infrastructure.

In the Alfred Nzo District Municipality – R191.3 million has been allocated and electrify 4 688 households.

To date, a total of R148 million has been transferred and 2 399 households have been connected.

According to the Presidency, a provisional allocation of R30 million has been made for the 2015/16 financial year for household electrification and bulk infrastructure.

Lukhanji Municipality received R6.7 million for electrification. The infrastructure projects have been completed. An additional allocation of R4.5 million has been made for the 2015/16 financial year for the electrification of houses. 

OR Tambo District Municipality has been allocated R300 million for the electrification of 12 192 households.

“Houses not connected to the grid will be connected using solar home systems. A total of 2 365 household connections have been connected. An additional provision of R357.5 million has been made for the 2015/16 financial year,” the Presidency said. – SAnews.gov.za

 

 

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