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Electricity for Siyanda informal settlement
PLANS are afoot to connect hundreds of households to electricity at Siyanda in Ward 40. This was recently announced by the eThekwini Municipality’s Electricity Unit. The project, estimated to cost millions, is expected to begin with the registration and processing of applications of residents in this area over the next coming weeks.

The installation of electricity to low-cost houses and informal settlements in the area is in response to a call made by ward councillor Mamane Xulu. Addressing residents at a community meeting held at Esibayeni in Siyanda A on 4 February, Sibusiso Gumede from the City’s Electricity Unit said about 30 000 households across the City were going to be electrified as part of his Unit’s efforts to ensure that residents were legally connected to electricity.

He called on residents to work with his Unit to ensure that people were connected to electricity. Gumede said the problem that was plaguing ward 40 residents, in particular, those residing in Siyanda, was regular power outages which are caused by illegal electricity connections in the area.

“The illegal electricity connections are constantly causing power cuts as a result of an overload on the grid that supplies electricity in this area.” He urged residents who were illegally connected to electricity to also apply to be connected legally. “Being connected to electricity illegally is in contravention of the law and can also result in loss of life.” Councillor Xulu said the installation of electricity in Siyanda was long overdue. “This is part of the City’s electrification programme aimed at improving the quality of life for residents.” She condemned the theft of electricity in Siyanda and said it was one of the main causes of power outages which resulted in a spate of violent protest.
 
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