N$2.7m for Etosha metering project

22 October 2021 | Tourism

ELLANIE SMIT



WINDHOEK

The environment and tourism ministry will pay more than N$2.7 million towards the realisation of an electricity meter project in the Etosha National Park.

This while Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) will reimburse the ministry 20% of the total cost.

The same work will later be undertaken at the Waterberg Plateau, Von Bach and the Daan Viljoen national parks.

According to NWR, it has partnered with the ministry on the project to install new electricity meters, both conventional and pre-paid, in Etosha.

NWR spokesperson Mufaro Nesongano said the project has cemented their long-standing relationship with the ministry.

According to him, the first phase - which was to realise the electrical work within Etosha at Halali, Namutoni, Okaukuejo, Ombika and Lindequest Gate - commenced in June and was finalised in August.

He said the ministry contracted the Central North Regional Electricity Distributor (Cenored) to do the work.

“The metering project within the Etosha National Park cost the ministry N$2.792 982 million. NWR is expected to reimburse us 20% of the total cost for meters installed after the project. We are very happy with the work that has been undertaken thus far,” ministry executive director Teofilus Nghitila said.

Teamwork

NWR managing director Dr Matthias Ngwangwama said the relationship between NWR and the ministry is historical and long-standing and should be strengthened and continued.

“When one considers the impact Covid-19 has had on NWR and the entire country, the ability to come together and use minimal resources at our disposal should be encouraged.

“The metering project within the various national parks will ensure that we can effectively start saving on our electrical bill, since each of us stationed within the national parks will be responsible for our total usage.”

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