Life in the rural village of Mjintini in Msinga will never be the same again following the switch-on of 124 local households by KZN MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Nomusa Dube-Ncube today.
The switch-on was a significant moment for the local residents who now have access to electricity for the very first time. Nokubonga Mchunu, 24, a local resident, said life will drastically change now that they have electricity.
“Previously we could not buy much meat because we had no electricity but now, thanks to this project, that has changed. We are now able to charge our phones and use fridges which is a great convenience,” said Mchunu.
The electrification of these households was the result of a R4-million investment by KZN Cogta. The investment was championed by MEC Dube-Ncube after the plight of the residents of this community was brought to her attention.
“Msinga, as one of the most rural areas in KZN, has a myriad of challenges. As the provincial government, we are working hard to bring adequate services, such as electricity and water, to these communities” said Dube-Ncube.
The electrification of all households in Mjintini is yet another symbol of the provincial government’s commitment to bringing tangible change to the lives of communities that had historically suffered from economic exclusion.
In her address at Nogida Sports Grounds, Dube-Ncube urged people to use electricity wisely and to report anyone who attempts to make illegal connections as this could compromise all connections within the area.
KZN Cogta has invested millions of rand across the province to ensure that electricity is brought to the public and the province currently sits at over 90% access to electricity.
For more information contact: KZN Cogta spokesperson Lennox Mabaso, 082 884 2403; or Senzelwe Mzila 082 474 1882