Dep Minister of Energy Visits Caleb Motshabi in BFN

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Deputy Minister of Energy, Thabisile Majola as she addressed the Caleb Motshabi community on Thursday and all their concerns on electricity in the area. Credit: Pulane Choane

The air in the Caleb Motshabi was electric as Deputy Minister of Energy, Thabisile Majola, delivered a short address at an Imbizo with the community on Thursday afternoon.

The event provided a platform for dialogue between her and the community on their concerns about electricity in the area. “The fact that in our Q & A sessions people kept raising the same concerns, shows that those were the ones in the community affected the most and also, they are the ones we need to fast track in our service delivery goals”, Majola said.

This community, which is on the outskirts of Bloemfontein, just alongside the N6 road to Reddersburg, is among other things plagued with illegal connections and opportunist crimes like muggings after sunset. “We appreciate the efforts made thus far but we need more high mast lights as the ones we have are very few and as it gets very dark, we are exposed to crime as soon as it becomes dark”, said one community member.

Responding to this, CEO of Centlec Free State, Nzimeni Mgoqi, said plans are underway to ensure that to increase lighting in the area, street lights will be installed rather than high mast lights as requested by the community. He did not provide a timeline as to when these changes will be implemented.

Mgoqi said this on Thursday afternoon at the Caleb Motshabi Power Station where Majola was to switch on lights in the area and have a dialogue with the community. Deputy Mayor of Mangaung Metro, Lebohang Masoetsa was also present and promised audiences to forward some of their concerns toward councilors and other relevant parties.

Pulane Choane- Courant News