MTC lights the way
As part of phase two, which commenced in March, MTC will build another 105 power lines that will connect 105 rural sites.
22 October 2020 | Local News
MTC is leading the way in rural electrification. According to MTC spokesperson Tim Ekandjo, they have invested over N$85 million over the past two years and will invest a further N$11 million to build power lines in various rural areas across Namibia.
“As part of phase one of our 081 Everyone project that aims to provide close to 100% network connectivity, we have so far invested a total of N$85 million to build over 133 power lines that now provide electrification to rural areas that previously had no electricity.
“As part of phase two, which commenced in March, we will build another 105 power lines that will connect 105 rural sites,” Ekandjo said.
He said these power lines are not just meant to provide power to MTC sites, but to entire areas, “and that is why we deliberately decided to invest in power lines as opposed to simply buying generators, which would only have benefitted our sites”.
“We see this investment as one of social and economic development, because once a rural area is electrified, it creates other essential economic opportunities for other stakeholders,” Ekandjo said.
Residents in rural areas where there are no power lines have had to fork out up to N$200 000 when applying for electricity connections, but now they are expected to pay between N$20 000 to N$50 000, depending on how far their properties are from the MTC power lines.