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On Friday, Cape Town executive mayor, Patricia de Lille, officially switched on electricity for around 800 households in the Klipheuwel community.

A candle or paraffin light will be something of the past as the Klipheuwel community will now be able to get lighting from a flick of a switch, Eskom said in a statement.

De Lille commented: “The City is proud to be part of this project. It has been a long road and together with the community we persevered. Negotiations with the previous landowners took many years, but finally in February 2016, we had a breakthrough when the City purchased the land for R943, 500 [$71,000], which allowed the electrification project to commence.”

She added: “I share in the joy with the residents who will now have much more comfort and warmth. This is what our Organisational Development and Transformation Plan is all about – to enhance partnerships, to be a customer-centric administration and work with communities to enhance service delivery.

“I am pleased that the Klipheuwel community can finally enjoy this service.”

Eskom electrification drive

South African state-owned enterprise Eskom, has set a goal to achieve universal electricity access by 2020, which has so far seen the connection of 4,000 households since January this year in the Western Cape.

Eskom Western Cape Operating Unit has consistently met its electrification target for the last 5 years and is continuously intensifying its electrification drive, the parastatal said in a statement.

Electrifying the unelectrified

The Klipheuwel area is currently an informal settlement and the City of Cape Town is planning to formalise the area by installing sewer pipelines and creating access pathways.

Eskom explains that the Klipheuwel community was located on private property and the City of Cape Town had to purchase the land before Eskom could proceed with the electrification project.

The power utility by law is not allowed to electrify anyone who has settled on private land, road reserves, and flood plains. The project took 6 months to full completion.

Alwie Lester Eskom Provincial Head commented: “Eskom continues to contribute towards the socio-economic developmental goals of the country by intensifying its electrification delivery programme.

“Changing the lives of our communities is what drives our daily operations and we are pleased with the progress made in the Western Cape with regards to electrification and bringing life to our communities.”

The Klipheuwel customers will be serviced directly by Eskom and any customer enquiries can be directed to the nearest Customer Service Hub located in Kraaifontein or via the Eskom Contact Centre on: 08600 37566.

Eskom has also educated the Klipheuwel community about the safety of electricity. Read more…

It is important that as much as the community will benefit from using electricity, they also understand the dangers associated when using electricity incorrectly.

 

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