Thursday, July 31, 2008

Power to the People

The evening of Thursday, 17 July, was a memorable one for 21 families in Bergsig, a neighbourhood of Prince Albert unofficially known as “die blink hokke”. For the first time in the two years they have lived in their corrugated iron homes provided by the Municipality, the residents cooked their evening meals on an electric hotplate and ate by electric light.

The Acting Executive Mayor, Mrs Magdalena Benjamin, officially turned on the electric power to the homes as the sun was setting. The Municipality donated each household an electricity voucher valued at R20 and a hotplate. Mrs Benjamin encouraged the residents to use their new electrical power wisely and sparingly, while enjoying the advantages it brought to their lives.

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