In South Africa, Johannesburg’s Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality has to date electrified 9,943 households in five informal settlements as part of its five-year electrification programme.
According to Ekurhuleni executive mayor, Mzwandile Masina, the R2.4 billion ($150 million) programme for electricity in informal settlements across Ekurhuleni will be completed by the end of this financial year.
Engineering News reported that that the programme will cover a total of 16,000 households, of which informal settlements like Langaville, Inxiweni, Marikana, Winnie Mandela and Ekurhuleni have already benefited from the programme.
Electrification programme legalities
Masina said: “We have begun to electrify households in our current informal settlements as per our manifesto commitment. We are also planning to install street lights to improve the safety of our people, especially women and children.”
Engineering News reported that the “legalities on the rollout of the programme in privately owned informal settlements are still being reviewed while the five-year programme has already started in informal settlements located on State-owned land.”
Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality spokesperson, Themba Gadebe, said: “The installation of streetlights is currently being rolled out with 2,263 streets lights of the targeted 3,000 and 156 high mast lights already installed while working tirelessly to achieve the targeted 400 high mast lights around Ekurhuleni’s 119 informal settlements.”
“These plans include the implementation of alternative and renewable energy to limit dependence on the national grid and improve the security of energy while protecting the environment by limiting greenhouse emissions,” Gadebe added.