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Eskom Connects

 

Eskom connects kaMaJika and Waterfall

Lianda Naudé

 

The residents of kaMaJika near Hazyview and Waterfall Roma in the Bushbuckridge Municipality in Mipumalanga had their lives changed instantly when they were connected to Eskom on March 31. The switch on by Eskom also provides residents with protection from the dangers of illegal connections.

 

“We are very pleased that finally the people of the two villages, kaMajika and Waterfall Roma, can also enjoy the benefits that are enjoyed by every modern society through the provision of electricity,” said Phil Khumalo, General Manager, Eskom Mpumalanga Operating Unit.  “In addition to the fact that electricity is a catalyst for development and that the children and the youth in these villages will now be able to enjoy longer hours of study with safe lighting, electricity also provides heating for households.  As winter sets in, they will be able to have hot water and warm meals. The households will also benefit from the refrigeration in that they will be able to keep some of their foodstuffs longer without the risk of spoiling and rotting.”

 

“Our experience is that electricity also opens  economic activities enabled by the  provision of refrigeration and freezing facilities and can assist some of the enterprising villagers to run businesses selling basic items  like meat, vegetables and soft drinks.  Electricity has in many occasions proven to reduce criminal activities because criminals usually hide in dark places in order to rob their victims. The light brought by electricity will serve as a deterrent,” concluded Khumalo.

 

About 122 households in kaMajika received electricity.  In Waterfall Roma approximately 61 connections were switched on by Eskom.   The power provider is currently in the process of completing an additional 40 connections, which mainly resulted from empty stands and unfinished houses in the area.

 

Residents are advised to be on the look-out for Eskom’s customer education initiatives in their area and learn more about energy usage.  Consumers are also encouraged to avoid purchasing electricity from ‘ghost’ vendors.  Eskom invites members of the public who has information on ‘ghost’ vendors to anonymously send an SMS to 32211 or contact the Eskom Contact Centre on 086-003-7566.

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