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BCM cracks down on Izinyoka in Nompumelelo!

Today (Thursday, July 9), the City visited Nompumelelo Informal Settlement near Beacon Bay in an operation to remove illegal electricity connections.

The operation was conducted by the City’s Law Enforcement, SAPS, and the Electricity Department. To date, over 280 illegal connections in the Metro have been removed including Cambridge Location, Mdantsane, Reeston, Stoney Drift, Chiselhurst, Nompumelelo, Amalinda Forest and Scenery Park.

Since its inception in 2013, illegal connections mushroom, becoming a challenge in Nompumelelo.

Speaking about the informal settlements during this year’s State of the City Address, the Executive Mayor Xola Pakati said, “The bulk of our capital expenditure has gone towards the maintenance, upgrade and refurbishment of our electricity infrastructure in order to ensure reliability and consistency.”

He added that in the next financial year, the City will spend R121 million of which R18 million is set aside for electrification, thus electrifying an additional 133 households and 700 informal dwellings. “Buffalo City remains the fastest place to obtain an electricity connection in South Africa.”

Pictured above, law enforcement officials removing illegal electricity connections in Nompumelelo, near Beacon Bay during a raid operation today, July 9.


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