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City fast-tracks electrification of 14 000 houses
ETHEKWINI Mayor Zandile Gumede has applauded the rollout of a massive electrification plan for government housing projects in the Municipality. This massive service delivery plan, approved by Councillors in the Human Settlements and Infrastructure Committee meeting on 6 February at Durban City Hall, will ensure that all RDP houses built and occupied before 2016, disaster relief houses, R293 houses and four room houses are electrified.

The City will be spending about R4.2 million to electrify about 14 000 households from various housing projects. There are RDP houses within the City that are currently occupied but do not have electricity. This was as a result of delays with electricity applications or incomplete applications being lodged with the Electricity Unit.

Four room type houses and R293 houses have undergone refurbishment to improve living standards and conditions but electricity has not been restored. Disaster relief houses have been structurally reinstated but do not have any electricity. Mayor Gumede said as a result of not providing these homes with electricity, illegal connections are increasing costing the City millions a year. “This poses a health and safety risk to the community. Furthermore, many communities live around legally electrified houses which create unfairness and rising tensions within neighbouring communities,” she said.

Electricity Unit Acting Head Maxwell Mthembu said the Unit will electrify 12 000 RDP houses, 2 000 disaster relief, four room houses and R293 houses. A R300 connection fee will be waivered which means that there will be no connection cost to the customer.

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