Berea vil­lagers set for elec­tric­ity con­nec­tion

Sunday Express - - Business Journal - Tokelo Rasephei

THIR­TEEN vil­lages of Mokhethoa­neng in the Berea No. 27 Con­stituency are set to be con­nected to the elec­tric­ity net­work at a cost of M9 mil­lion im­me­di­ately after the com­ple­tion of wiring work by the Phaks Elec­tri­cal and Con­struc­tion Com­pany.

The project is set for com­ple­tion in May 2018.

This was re­vealed by the Min­is­ter of En­ergy and Me­te­o­rol­ogy, Mokoto Hloaele, at the of­fi­cial launch of the project in Mokhethoa­neng on Thurs­day.

Speak­ing at the event, Mr Hloaele, said 978 fam­i­lies will get ac­cess to elec­tric­ity in a project that will cost M8 585 762.

He said the fam­i­lies that had reg­is­tered in com­mu­nity elec­tric­ity schemes and had each paid the min­i­mum fee of M500.

The full fee for each fam­ily is M2500 and those who had paid M500 are ex­pected to pay the re­main­ing M2000 in in­stal­ments for the next seven years.

“Job op­por­tu­ni­ties will be availed to the com­mu­nity within which the elec­tric­ity will be in­stalled,” Mr Hloaele said, adding,

“The se­lec­tion will be done in ac­cor­dance with the job spec­i­fi­ca­tion se­lected by the Phaks Elec­tri­cal Com­pany”.

He fur­ther said that the Le­sotho Elec­tric­ity Co­op­er­a­tion will soon visit Mokhethoa­neng to cre­ate aware­ness on the nec­es­sary safety pre­cau­tions when op­er­at­ing the elec­tri­cal ap­pli­ca­tions in their house­holds.

For his part the Man­ag­ing Direc­tor of Phaks Elec­tri­cal, Mot­sekuoa Phalole, said the project would re­cruit lo­cal labour in the wiring process re­gard­less of po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tion.

Mr Phalole fur­ther urged the com­mu­nity to work to­gether for the suc­cess of the project be­comes a suc­cess.

A com­mu­nity rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Makamo­h­elo Mot­samai, ex­pressed grat­i­tude to the govern­ment for ful­fill­ing their wish to have elec­tric­ity in their homes.

She said that the com­mu­nity had or­gan- ised schemes to ap­ply for the elec­tric­ity con­nec­tions and theirs had been a long wait since 2000.

“It had been 17 years since we ap­plied for elec­tric­ity so this marks the new be­gin­ning for the Mokhethoa­neng com­mu­nity as the govern­ment has fi­nally come to our res­cue,” Ms Mot­samai said.

EN­ERGY and Me­te­o­rol­ogy Min­is­ter Mokoto Hloaele.

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