By Hileni Nembwaya
THE residents of Ondangwa are angry and irritated by severe power cuts while blaming the northern electricity distributor (Nored) for being incompetent and causing too many power outages in the town.
According to the disgruntled residents, the town experiences constant power outages almost every day and the situation becomes worse, especially when it rains.
The blackouts normally last for several hours before power is restored.
A businessman who did not want to be named told Confidente that Nored is reluctant to provide proper services to residents, in spite of numerous complaints reported to their offices on time.
“How is it possible that we experience constant power outages every week, when the headquarters are stationed in our town? Nored is damaging our appliances, they should step up their game or ship out,” said an irritated resident.
Anna Paulus, a resident of Oluno suburb in Ondangwa stressed that Nored needs to find a quick solution to its power shortages apart from increasing electricity tariffs.
“Nored needs to up its game at Ondangwa. Every month we have to experience a power blackout, which damages our electric appliances. We have reported our grievances to their offices but nothing has been done to rectify the matter” said Paulus.
Nored’s public relations officer, Herman Ngasia when contacted could not divulge any information as he was apparently busy.
“I am busy now, please call me later,” said Ngasia.
Getting comment from Nored chief executive officer, Fillemon Nakashole proved futile.
Earlier this year, Nored tariffs increased by 11.1 percent while last year, the power utility pushed the electricity tariffs by 3.5 percent, and in 2014 power costs went up by 11.6 percent.
Christof Aimwata, who at the time was the acting chief executive officer of Nored said the constant power outages are apparently caused by tie-in new customers, replacement of rotten poles and vandalism.
Nored distributes electricity to hundreds of thousands of consumers in Kavango East and West, Kunene, Oshana, Ohangwena, Omusati, Oshikoto and Zambezi regions.
Earlier in the year the country experienced a number of blackouts which resulted in continuous long outages after Eskom had withdrawn all power exports to neighbouring countries and a shortage of up to 90 MW in the NamPower supply system.
The Minister of Mines and Energy, Obeth Kandjoze assured the nation that NamPower and all ESI stakeholders would work tirelessly to ensure that the country’s electricity infrastructure is stable and reliable to ensure efficient security of supply to the country
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