Namibia’s Northern Regions Electricity Distributor (Nored) has introduced special tariffs for pensioners and people living with disabilities.
The discounted rates are only available to those whose meter number is registered under their name, the New Era reported.
The only requirement for applicants to qualify, executive manager for the corporation Toivo Shovaleka said customers should visit their nearest Nored office to be registered for the special provision.
However, the power distributor highlighted that the special tariffs might not save money if the beneficiaries plug in energy-consuming appliances.
Shovaleka said the power company has vowed to make electricity accessible to the people and has committed N$10 million ($752,000) each financial year to the programme. The investment started during the 2015/16 financial year. Read more…
He said: “As part of our corporate citizenship, we have made donations to the tune of N$880,000 ($66,000) during the 2016/17 financial year, and we have also resolved to subsidise new domestic connections and managed to to reduce maintenance costs of streetlights. The investments has also helped to keep the total energy used by streetlights below 125KW.
Shovaleka also noted that they have a connection backlog; however, he said they are working towards addressing the issue very soon and this will be done through contracting small and medium enterprises (SMEs) for new connections projects.
New Era further reported that Nored has also decentralised the quotation services to the regions as opposed to the past where all quotations were forwarded to the head office.
Nored stated that its efforts to roll out electricity are being hampered by communal landowners who deny their operators access to the fenced off land to connect neighbours to the electricity grid, media stated.
“We want to approach the traditional authorities in this regard so that they can inform the communities. Other challenges include vandalism and theft as well as non-payment by some institutions,” Shovaleka said.
He continued: “How can we pay Nampower if some entities are not paying their accounts? You are encouraged to settle your accounts so that we can provide services efficiently.”
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