GROBLERSDAL – Elias Motsoaledi Local Municipality (EMLM) announced it remained resolute and convinced access to electricity ought to be considered a basic human right for communities within its jurisdiction.
According to the local municipality an amount of R9.5 million had been committed for electrification projects in various communities.
The local municipality said the electrification projects included Masakaneng phase 3 outside Groblersdal with 221 households, Makaepea village’s phase 3 in Tafelkop with 279 households and Tambo village with 283 households in the Dennilton area.
Julia Mathebe, EMLM Mayor, said the local municipality managed to increase its revenue base by acquiring the electricity distribution license of Game Farm, Twin City Mall, Masakaneng and Mapoch ground.
Mathebe added the local municipality was planning to upgrade the current Groblersdal substation from 20MVA to 40MVA as it would reach its full capacity and would have a positive economic spin-off for the municipality.
On free basic electricity, Mathebe added that the local municipality had an indigent policy in place, which outlined criteria for registering indigents, in order to receive free basic electricity from the entity.
“For the 2018/2019 financial year, 10028 indigents were registered on the indigent register and only 1967 were configured by Eskom to receive free basic electricity,” said Mathebe.
However, Mathebe added it was important to indicate that community members ought to note that indigent support was only valid for one year.
“Also, people are urged to report to the municipality once their economic situation has improved. If a resident continues receiving the support when the situation has changed for the better, it will be regarded as fraud and such a beneficiary will be prosecuted,” concluded Mathebe.