On Friday, 28 October 2022 commissioned the Ombili electrification project which saw 192 households being connected to electricity in Ombili Informal Settlement – Otjiwarongo through CENORED’s peri-urban electrification project.

Board Chairperson Moses Matjayi said investing in energy infrastructure is part of the National Development Plan’s key drivers for economic and social growth. 

“The communities in this area do not have the means to pay for connection to electrification and neither does the local authority, so the pressure is on CENORED to bring electricity services and thus leaves CENORED with a challenge to serve one of the core expectations of its shareholders and community with limited resources. The electrification of this informal settlement and locality represents CENORED’s commitment to the objective of the national development agenda and social obligation to ensure that our people have access to electricity.”

Also speaking at the occasion was the Chairperson of the Otjozondjupa Regional Council, Marlayn Mbakera. “I want to tell you, CENORED, that you are doing a great job. You are doing an excellent job in terms of service delivery. You are doing an excellent job in terms of how you conduct yourself and your employees in how they behave themselves on and off the premises of the workplace. You are doing a good job. I am confident that the electrification of this area will serve as a game changer with numerous social benefits.”

The next phase which is phase 7 (the side of Ombili clinic) which will include both MV and LV has already started with the BID having been advertised, and currently in the process of appointing a successful contractor to start with the construction work on the ground. The cost of this project is already catered for in the 2022/23 budget financial year ending 30 June 2023, and intents to electrify around +- 100 houses.