ELECTRICITY outages which have often lead to water cuts might be a thing of the past following the special mention of the area during the provincial budget tabled by treasury MEC Sakhumzi Somyo during the provincial budget recently.
The Rep has been reporting on challenges relating to electrical infrastructure maintenance since last year.
As part of an intervention to solve the problems, a 13-member crisis committee has since been established.
In a report (“Repair Ezibeleni,” September 16 2016) it was reported that residents called on both the Enoch Mgijima local municipality (EMLM) and Chris Hani district municipality (CHDM) to take action.
In another report (“Power and water cuts raise anger,” January 20) it was stated that the frequent cuts in the water and power supply were raising the concern of locals.
CHDM said at the time it was acquiring emergency power generators for pump stations around Komani to ensure that a power outage was not coupled with a disruption of the water supply.
Delivering the budget speech, Somyo said R90.8-million had been allocated to the cooperative governance and traditional affairs department as a short term intervention for the electrification programme in targeted rural communities.
“Furthermore, an assessment is underway in Komani under EMLM to identify the magnitude of the electricity challenges that are hampering business operations,” said Somyo.
EMLM was the only municipality in the district that would benefit as “a similar process will be replicated in the Cofimvaba – Engcobo corridor working with CHDM to address socio economic infrastructure challenges”