THE Department of Energy has approved funding for a pilot project which will see 200 shacks in Nelson Mandela Bay connected with temporary electricity while the residents await formal housing.
It follows another ongoing project by the municipality – linked to the city's seven-year housing programme – to install electricity in all informal settlements that will later be demolished to make way for RDP houses.
Both initiatives are an attempt by the municipality to curb illegal and dangerous electricity connections in shacks across the Bay.
Electricity and energy acting executive director Peter Neilson said the pilot project would focus on areas that would not be rezoned for formal housing.
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