Omaheke Embarking On Major Electrification

The Omaheke Regional Council is embarking on a major infrastructure development drive to electrify and tar roads in the eastern region, the Omaheke Governor, Festus Ueitele has revealed.

Ueitele could not specify how much money was being pumped into these activities but said it was running into millions of dollars.

He said about three weeks ago, the regional council started electrifying 42 households and two streets at Buitepos in the Kalahari Constituency.

Buitepos is about 110 kilometres from Gobabis to Botswana border.

Furthermore, 30 San households are to be electrified soon, while 18 households are to be electrified at Prosit (Otjijere) in the Otjombinde Constituency with a 6km power line to be constructed.

Ueitele reported that Donkerbos and Helena, also in the Otjombinde Constituency have already been electrified and that a power line would be constructed in this financial year so that electricity could be switched on.

He disclosed that the first phase of a power line of about 50-80 kilometres was also to be constructed from De Hoek on the way to Eiseb Block in this financial year, while the rest of the distance would be covered within the next financial year.

“All houses near the power line will be electrified,” he said.

In addition, the Omaheke Governor disclosed that electrification of Okatuuo in the Epukiro Constituency has been approved in this financial year, while the Otjiwarongo (of Epukiro Constitiuency and not that of Otjozondjupa Constituency) is to be switched on.

He also revealed that electrification via a solar system with assistance of Chinese partners, started on Monday in seven constituencies and at six households in the Omaheke Region.

“Beneficiaries have been identified by the Ministry of Mines and Energy though the Omaheke Regional Council,” he said.

Ueitele further unveiled plans for road construction in the region saying that the regional council wanted to connect all villages in Omaheke to the main towns such as Aminuis, Aranos, Epukiro and Otjinene.

He said that construction of the Trans-Kalahari Truck road that is connecting Gobabis via Otjinene, Okondjatu and Ongongoro to Grootfontein has already aanced towards Okondjatu.

Other roads in the pipeline are from Epukiro RC to Epukiro Pos 3 via Farm Du Plessis, while the Aminuis road has been tarred by 30 kilometres from Gobabis.

The Aminuis road to Aranos and then to Keetmanshoop will also be upgraded to bitumen standard.

Source : New Era