Ga-Rankuwa electrification suspended amid protests

Tshwane metro has instructed the service provider to temporarily withdraw from the site and suspend the electrification project until there is stability in the area. Photo: File.

The project to supply residents of Ga-Rankuwa with electricity has been temporarily suspended amid unrest in the area.

“The informal settlement electrification project in Ga-Rankuwa, zone 14 has experienced delays due to a full week of disturbances experienced on-site as a result of the recent taxi strike and community protests which saw blockages of roads,” the Tshwane metro said in a statement.

The metro said work would commence in due course to ensure the DA administration provided the necessary services to the people without threat to life or limb.

“To this end, the administration has instructed the service provider to temporarily vacate the site and suspend the project until there is stability on the ground.”

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Zone 14 is an informal settlement in Ga-Rankuwa, ward 32 and 39 with more than 10 000 shacks and continues to grow as the local tribal authority continues to sell stands.

The metro said due to the number of households, the project was being implemented in phases. The project started in the 2016/2017 financial year with a budget allocation of R33.7-million.

Member of the mayoral committee for utility services Darryl Moss met councillors and community leaders in the area last week to present an action plan for phase 1, which was expected to be completed by 1 September.

“Prepaid meter installations will also follow and the city would fix and switch on four high masts,” said Moss adding that about 560 shacks were located in unsafe areas such as electricity high voltage servitude, wetlands and flood-lines.

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“Because of safety considerations, together with the MMC for housing and human settlements Mandla Nkomo, we have been engaging the councillors and community leaders about the houses along the unsafe areas which will need to be relocated. The relocation plan will be made public in due course.”

He said the households would be connected for free.

“The [mayor Solly] Msimanga administration is committed to the safe, fair and equitable provision of services to all our residents and we thank them for their patience thus far and ask that they work with us to ensure the provision of rudimentary services,” he said.

 

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