eMbalenhle electricity progress

The residents elected a committee to negotiate with the Mayor and her team, as well as Eskom. The committee had several meetings with various role players.

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During the month of June, tempers flared up again in eMbalenhle as electricity cuts became the order of the day. The residents of eMbalenhle had to bear the brunt of “loadshedding” and breakdowns resulting in extended periods with no electricity supply.
These interruptions were especially prevalent during the evening when people returned from work. The Bulletin has been told that the loadshedding is to alleviate the load on the Eskom substations. The Bulletin could not verify these claims.
With violent protests threatening, a year after the Emba Mall suffered a devastating fire as a result of violent protests, a number of residents came together and decided to try and peacefully resolve the problems. This will prove to be a daunting task.
During a public meeting at the eMbalenhle stadium in June 2018, the residents were promised that the electricity supply will be transferred to Eskom and will no longer be the responsibility of Govan Mbeki Municipality. A very high-level provincial delegation visited eMbalenhle and the GMM to discuss the electricity issue, resulting in the Mayor being instructed to speed up the process.
It would appear that this was not prioritised resulting in near disaster when residents started to voice their anger again.
The residents elected a committee to negotiate with the Mayor and her team, as well as Eskom. The committee had several meetings with various role players.
On Monday, 8 July, the committee went to the Human Rights Commission and the Public Protector to ask them for help with the eMbalenhle electricity problem. More details of the visit were not available at the time of writing this article.
GMM has subsequently appointed Bigen Africa to start with the transfer of electricity from Bracken Mine substation to eMbalenhle substation. This will really alleviate the pressure on the existing power grids. The process is closely monitored by the Elected Committee and reported back to the community.
This might be a calming point for the residents of eMbalenhle, but only time will tell.

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