KLIPRAND, a community in Kleinskool, is already more than 100 years old, but still the residents have no electricity in their homes yet! Out of desperation they are compelled to pay exorbitant amounts of money to "buy" electricity from residents in the area next to theirs, which is much newer than theirs but already has its own electricity.
The residents of Kliprand feel there is discrimination against them as they are excluded from this privilege and cannot apply for free electricity through the ATTP programme. Although they are in dire need of houses, only have a few communal taps and still use the undignified bucket system, their plea to the metro is that they can still wait for those services, but they really need their own electricity!
Electricity is a basic need for every household. Just imagine how difficult it must be for pupils, and especially the matrics, to study by candlelight or a paraffin lamp.
There will be very little economical growth within our city if every household does not even have access to electricity.
The attached photograph shows how residents must span hundreds of meters of electrical cables to their shacks to enjoy the privilege of having a refrigerator, cook on a stove and have light at night! This is a very dangerous situation and we have heard many a time of children who have been electrocuted by these low-lying cables.
The high mast light in their area is also not working and this makes the residents feel very unsafe at night.
On behalf of the residents of Kliprand, I urge the metro to hear their plight and to bring light to their lives.
These residents would rather have electricity than Afcon!
Brenda Matthee, DA councillor deployed in Ward 33, NMBM