//Karas faces power cuts

The country’s power utility is putting its foot down in an effort to recover long outstanding debt.

05 July 2018 | Energy

NamPower has resolved to suspend the power supply to a number of villages and town councils, government departments and customers with long outstanding accounts in the //Karas Region.

The Aranos town council and several other village councils in region face power cuts from next Wednesday.

NamPower released a statement yesterday saying the Aranos town council and abattoir, as well as the Tses, Koës and Berseba town councils would have their electricity cut.

In addition, various facilities managed by the agriculture ministry also face power cuts, including the Kalahari experimental farm, the Neckartal Dam, the Directorate of Veterinary Services offices in Ariamsvlei, Buitepos and Noordoewer, as well as the Tsumis agricultural college campuses at Pump Kujek and Pump San.

An Agribusdev project along the Orange River also faces a power cut.

NamPower said it had held continuous engagements with the affected parties over longstanding overdue accounts but that nothing was forthcoming from the stakeholders to avoid cuts in their supply of power.

“NamPower has resolved to suspend the power supply to a number of village and town councils, government departments and customers with long outstanding accounts. NamPower came to this decision after continuous engagements with the affected parties to settle their outstanding accounts did not yield positive results,” the utility said.

NamPower encouraged the use of power supply generators in the affected areas.

“Institutions that provide critical services are kindly advised to ensure that standby generators are used or alternative arrangements are made,” NamPower said.

Berseba village council CEO Charles Vries said efforts were being made to ensure that its power would not be cut.

His council currently owes NamPower N$1 million.

“There were such talks that power would be cut but we made arrangements to pay off the electricity we will be consuming, while the other portion of existing debt will be paid off on a monthly basis,” Vries said.

Tses councillor Josef Awasman said they had made arrangements and were still looking to engage NamPower to avoid power cuts.

“We need arrangements but we are not sure. We are doing our best,” Awasman said.

NamPower spokesperson Tangeni Kambangula would not say how much was owed to the power utility.

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