By Siposethu Hashe
Sipho Hlomuka, KZN MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta), and Jomo Sibiya, KZN MEC for Human Settlements and Public Works, sat in a meeting with residents from the Abaqulusi Local Municipality to officially introduce contractors that were employed by Cogta to connect electricity to over 400 local households in the interest of transparency and speedy service delivery.
The handing over of the contractors, according to Hlomuka, represents the beginning of the end of a difficult chapter for the local communities of wards 1,2,3 and 4 who will soon have access to electricity for the first time.
Hlomuka told residents during the visit, which took place on Friday at the KwaLwi, Esihlengeni and Emphangisweni sports grounds that the department made the decision to appoint the contractors in order to get as many houses connected to the grid as possible in the shortest time possible.
Internal engineers will work closely with the nominated contractors to ensure that the connections are delivered on time and within budget thanks to the intervention that saw the department appoint the contractors.
Inkosi Sibisi, Deputy Chairperson of the Zululand Local House of Traditional Leaders, Inkosi Zondo of eMpangweni TC, and Inkosi Zulu of the Khambi TC attended the introduction of the contractors.
Amakhosi praised the provincial government for sticking to its word and returning to the community to introduce the contractors who will now complete the promised electrification of local families.
“The provincial government’s action is yet another proof of the commitment to increase public access to power, particularly in remote regions” said Inkosi Zondo.
In his remarks to people, MEC Sibiya praised the communities for collaborating with the provincial government on this initiative and urged them to safeguard this vital infrastructure.
“Do not allow someone to weaken this vital infrastructure by stealing and destroying it” Sibiya warned.