Over 1000 households in Silobela to benefit from Rural Electrification Programme

By Staff Reporter

 Over 1000 households are set to benefit from the Rural Electrification Programme in Donsa in Silobela this publication reports. 

The electrification programme which was funded by the Rural Electrification Fund (REF) was on Thursday commissioned in Donsa by the Energy Minister Zhemu Soda.

According to REF chairperson Willard Chiwewe the program gobbled nearly US$300 000.

“Donsa Schools, Clinic, Business Centre and Gobo School Electrification Project has a total line length of 18,7 km of 11kV line, 1,95 km LT line and 4 substations at a total cost of US$289 829. 00. The project will directly benefit (5) rural public institutions and a business centre. In addition, it is estimated that the project has the potential to benefit over 1000 households, three (3) additional public institutions and three (3) business centres, as the grid network is now within their reach,” Chiwewe said.

REF is mandated to facilitate provision of energy infrastructure in the rural communities of Zimbabwe for socio economic growth and development. 

“In this regard, the Rural Electrification Fund has made significant contributions in providing electricity infrastructure to rural communities as a way to engender this growth and development,” he said.

Chiwewe however, noted that while  REF has made significant progress in providing energy services to rural public institutions, “a lot needs to be done with regards to rural households.”

To augment energy sources across the country, President Emmerson Mnangagwa in March this year launched the National Energy Policy and the Rural Energy Master Plan. 

“With the level of commitment to work which my staff has displayed over the years, it is our hope that we will be able to speed up provision of energy to all rural households in Zimbabwe using both grid and solar technologies, as we strive to contribute towards the attainment of the national vision of achieving “Universal access to energy by all by 2030.”

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