The Deputy Minister of Energy, Thembisile Majola recently conducted electrification project inspection and walk-about at Musina Nancefield Location. This was part of the Cabinet’s National Imbizo Focus Week aimed at promoting public accountability and reassuring citizens of government’s commitment to service delivery and good governance.

Majola said the Department of Energy, through the Integrated National Electrification Programme (INEP), aims to achieve universal electrification access to all by 2025 as stipulated in the National Development Plan (NDP). She said electricity is a basic human right which should be accessed by all community members with ease. “Electricity transforms people’s lives because it simplifies life. When you have electricity, you can buy food in bulk and store them in a refrigerator, thereby saving a lot of money. Besides that, when you have lights at your house, it means that you have additional security at night.”

Margaret Molase (81), left, hugs the Deputy Minister of Energy, Thembisile Majola upon receiving solar powered lights.

Majola said she is happy that electricity supply works are going well in Musina Municipality. “It is good to note that our people are serviced with dignity. We are working with the municipality to implement energy efficiency programmes to teach our people to save electricity.”

She said government is working tirelessly to make sure that all areas, especially deep rural villages and the farming areas, are electrified. “We are sometimes faced with challenges in private land where some of the land owners refuse us entry and permission to service the people who stay in their areas.  We are working with various stakeholders to resolve these challenges.”

Member of Musina Municipality Executive Committee, Cllr Jeremiah Khunwana said the people of Musina are very humbled to receive the Deputy Minister and her entourage as part of the National Imbizo Focus Week.  “Today’s visit is in line with the oversight function granted by the Constitution to Parliament to monitor and oversee government actions. It is good when leaders put everything aside to visit people on the ground to monitor how government services are implemented. This clearly indicates that our government cares about ordinary community members out there.”

Khunwana said the visit will help to track the implementation and measurement of the effectiveness of the electrification programmes that are happening in Musina. “As local government, this will also help us to detect if there are interventions to be done in line with the quality of work that is being conducted. We are very grateful to be part of the Integrated National Electrification Programme which is drastically improving the lives of our people.”

As part of the energy efficiency programme, the Deputy Minister handed over several potable solar powered lights to residents at Nancefield Extension 14. Margaret Molase (81) is one of the community members who received solar powered lights from the Deputy Minister. She said: “Thank you so much for these gifts that will help to bring down my electricity consumption.”