Inauguration of the Rural Electrification and OPE 20th Anniversary Celebrations
On the 30th of October 2020, Oshakati Premier Electric (Pty) Ltd celebrated 20 years of electricity distribution and supply. As part of the celebrations, OPE inaugurated the Rural Electrification in Oshandumbala and Okaku Kiipupu.
With the support of Oshakati Town Council, OPE has launched the Rural Electrification Masterplan project last year in September. The project will be carried out over a period of five years, at a cost estimate of N$22,000,000.00, and will cater for up to 5 identified villages (rural areas) surrounding Oshakati namely: Onendongo Village, Othingo village, Onawa village, Emono Village, and Oshandumbala village. The first area under the Rural Electrification to be electrified is Oshandumbala at a cost of 3.9 million, giving 90 homestead access to electricity.
The Minister of Mines and Energy, Hon. Tom Alweendo, who was the keynote speaker, as well as the Governor of Oshana Region, Local and Regional Councillors, the Electricity Supply Industry, the business community, several dignitaries from Oshana and other regions, attended the Inauguration.
Apart from the Inauguration, OPE witnessed the Minister of Mines and Energy, commissioning the Free Service Connections of about 1439 residents in the informal areas, as well as the groundbreaking ceremony of the electrification project of the Pohamba Settlement project which will benefit 263 residents, as laid out in the OPE peri-urban electrification road map.
Mr. Nelson Sheya, CEO of OPE stated that the electrification projects bring about improvements in the standard of living of the community by enabling small and medium enterprises to open up and boost the local economic development, contributes towards education because learners have electricity to study, contributes towards safety by providing streetlights and high mast lighting.