Electrifying moment for 4000 households just months away

For the first time ever, Bolani villagers in Butterworth will have electricity, as Mnquma Municipality has set aside R5-million to connect 214 homes to the grid.

The electrification project was launched in Ngqamakhwe yesterday to much fanfare.

BECKONING LIGHT: Mnquma local municipality launched a R5-million electrification project for 214 houses in Bolani village, ward 16, Ngqamakhwe yesterday. The announcement was welcomed by Siviwe and Phumzile Mntumni, who can’t wait to join the grid Picture: LOYISO MPALANTSHANE

Houses that will benefit from the project have already been earmarked.

News of the development was warmly received by residents who gathered inside a large tent, where the appointed contractor gave a lecture on some safety aspects of electricity.

The contractor asked for full cooperation from all villagers.

Brothers Siviwe and Phumzile Mntumni said having electricity in their homes would change their lives.

“On weekends we have to walk to Nobanda village [about 700m away] to watch soccer on television or even charge our cellphones,” Siviwe said.

Mnquma spokesman Loyiso Mpalantshane said the municipality and Eskom had also called on residents who had illegally connected electricity to cooperate with the contractor.

Mayor Thobeka Bikitsha said yesterday’s electrification project launch was one of many in recent months.

In total, almost 4000 houses would be electrified, she said.

“They include the Khothane Phase project in Ngqamakhwe, Dyam-Dyam village and ward 28.

“All will be completed before the end of the 2107-18 financial year.

“The issue of electricity is very sensitive as it helps to fight the scourge of crime and assist learners to be able to study at night.

“I have taken it upon myself to ensure as many houses [as possible] benefit from electricity across the length and breadth of this municipality,” she said.

Mnquma infrastructure portfolio committee chairman Maliza Ntshonga said: “We as Mnquma municipality saw that this village was in desperate need of electricity as it was the only village in the area that has no electricity.

“I am happy that the municipality is keeping its promise of delivering services to the people.

“The villagers can [soon] enjoy watching television in the comfort of their own homes.” — zikhonam@dispatch.co.za