Power for informal settlements

The five-year programme has started in informal settlements located on state-owned land while legalities to roll out the programme in privately owned informal settlements is being reviewed.

“We have started to electrify households in our current informal settlements as per our manifesto commitment,” said Masina.

“We are also planning to install street lights to improve the safety of our people, especially women and children.”

To date a total of 9 943 households have been electrified in informal settlements such as Langaville, in Tsakane, Inxiweni, Marikana, Winnie Mandela and Ekuthuleni.

The installation of streetlights is currently being rolled out with 2 263 streets lights of the targeted 3 000 and 156 high mast lights already installed while working tirelessly to achieve the targeted 400 high mast lights around Ekurhuleni’s 119 informal settlements.

Improving household lighting for the poor requires stability in energy sources and plans are currently underway to create the necessary settlement structures that make safe and secure electricity connection possible.

These plans include the implementation of alternative and renewable energy to limit dependence on the national grid and improve security of energy while protecting the environment by limiting greenhouse emissions.

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