New­vale power is­sues

The Rep - - NEWS - ANDISA BONANI

ELEC­TRIC­ITY prob­lems con­tinue in New­vale ward 13 even after two cir­cuit break­ers were in­stalled two weeks after The Rep’s re­port (’Power Fury’, Oc­to­ber 13) about power out­ages.

Ward com­mit­tee mem­ber Welile Oliphant con­firmed that new cir­cuit break­ers were in­stalled on Oc­to­ber 12 for two sec­tions in the ward which falls un­der the Enoch Mgi­jima Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

“We were happy to have elec­tric­ity again but this is a tem­po­rary so­lu­tion. We need the mu­nic­i­pal­ity to change our old elec­tric­ity boards. Most res­i­dents’ boards are ei­ther bro­ken or blank, so we can­not buy elec­tric­ity. We use it for noth­ing and we have re­ported this to the mu­nic­i­pal­ity, but noth­ing has been done.

“I once re­ported my bro­ken board when tech­ni­cal ser­vices staff came to fix elec­tric­ity. One of the men asked if I could still use elec­tric­ity while it was blank and when I said yes, he asked what more I wanted.”

Ward coun­cil­lor Ongama Adon­isi said there was a high de­mand for elec­tric­ity in New­vale. “What is needed to curb elec­tric­ity prob­lems here is new elec­tric­ity boards. That would also help elim­i­nate il­le­gal con­nec­tions.”

EMLM spokesman Gcobani Msind­wana said the author­ity had ad­ver­tised for the re­fur­bish­ment of Medium Volt­age and Low Volt­age network in New­vale -Mlungisi Phase 3 in Oc­to­ber last year but this had to be put on hold due to bud­get is­sues.

He said ward coun­cil­lors had pleaded with the com­mu­nity to al­low teams to check the ex­act cause of the prob­lems which were be­lieved to be il­le­gal con­nec­tions but that res­i­dents had pelted work­ers with stones.

This re­sulted in a dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tion but the mu­nic­i­pal­ity would con­tinue to try to find so­lu­tions.

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