By Hileni Nembwaya
NORTHERN Regional Electricity Distributor (Nored) Chief Executive Officer, Fillemon Nakashole, says that the power utility is faced with numerous challenges, where disruptions occur as a result of tampering, vandalism and new contractors, who aren’t familiar with the company’s power system.
Speaking at Nored’s stakeholder engagement held at the Ongwediva Annual Trade Fair (OATF), Nakashole said that the utility has been experiencing difficulties transmitting power from the Nampower substation at Ruacana, which was causing constant power interruptions in many northern towns.
“Constant power interruptions have been a problem to us. It was an old line, the earthling was not correct as some contractors were new and some did not familiarise themselves with Nored’s system. However, the matter has been rectified now,” said Nakashole.
The power utility is also faced with issues of illegal connections and the bypassing of meters, as well as a backlog on new connections, communal land owners denying power access to neighbours, regular power interruptions in Omusati region and a lack of account payments.
“The new connections backlog is being addressed, in partnership with contractors, in order to accelerate the process. The quotations backlog and the costing of decentralisation is also one of the matters that are yet to be addressed. Field-based managers, responsible for operations and maintenance, have also been approved,” said Nakashole.
Nored has also embarked on a pilot project aimed at electrifying informal settlements at no cost, in towns such as Ondangwa, Rundu and Omuthiya.
More than 23 contractors have been appointed for the new connections’ project.
Nakashole further noted that Nored has implemented a five-year strategic plan with 10 objectives.
More than N$108 million has been approved for the implementation of capital projects during the 2017/18 financial year.
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