Outjo informal settlement gets powerBy: CLEMANS MIYANICWE
A TOTAL of 130 houses in the Camp 5 informal settlement at Outjo will be connected to the power grid as part of phase 2 of the electrification project at the northwestern town.
Two high-mast floodlights will also be erected to reduce crime in the settlement at night.
Outjo mayor Cleophas Geingob said this project forms part of a long-term plan to bring electricity to all households at the town. Last year, 195 houses were electrified in phase one of the project.
Camp 5 was chosen for the second phase because it is the oldest informal settlement at Outjo, Geingob said.
The mayor of one of the fastest developing towns in Kunene said he hoped the electrification of the informal settlement would improve living standards there. The municipality has also installed flush toilets at the settlement.
The electrificaiton project will take 16 months to complete at a cost of N$1,6 million.
Cenored chief executive officer Mburumba Appolus said N$15 million had been budgeted to electrify 1 300 houses in informal settlements in areas where Cenored operates, and Outjo is one of them.
A month ago hundreds of Outjo residents demonstrated over a lack of electricity in their area.