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Half - Way Completion of the 100 Villages Electrification Pr...
17/10/09
Botswana Power Corporation, a parastatals under the Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources commemorated half - way completion of the 100 Villages Electrification Project in Tlhareseleele on the 14th August 2009.

Botswana Power Corporation, a parastatals under the Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources commemorated half - way completion of the 100 Villages Electrification Project in Tlhareseleele on the 14th August 2009.

The project that commenced on the 13th September 2007 at Gakuto in the Kweneng District cost slightly over half a billion Pula and is financed by loans from two Swedish Banks, Nordea and Nordic Investment Banks. To date, the project has seen the electrification of more than 50 villages in the country and more are expected to benefit in the not so distant future as the project continues to unfold. This is one project that is "determined" to emancipate the better part of this country from the eternal dark shades of night.

Speaking at the special occasion, the Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, Dr. P. H. K. Kedikilwe who officiated at the ground - breaking ceremony more than two years ago, said that the occasion signifies the continued and successful co - operation between the Government of Sweden and that of Botswana. He pointed out that as at June 2009, 53 villages of the 100 Villages Electrification Project were electrified leaving a balance of 47. Of the remaining, Minister Kedikilwe said that 28 of them are at various stages of development while 19 are at design stage.

Since its inception two years ago, 18 contractors 12 of which are citizen owned and 6 non - citizen owned were engaged to do installation, civil and survey works. In view of the number of these companies, approximately 800 jobs were created.

Furthermore, the Minister said that 15 villages in the Southern District will benefit from the project with already 6 completed. According to Mr. Kedikilwe, the completed villages are, Selokolela, Hebron, Tlhareseleele, Sese, Sekoma and Keng.

It has been revealed that a target of 105 villages is earmarked for electrification before the planning period of National Development Plan 9 (NDP 9), translating into the largest number of villages to be electrified in any planning period. The number of electrified villages in Botswana is 301 and at the end of the 100 Villages Electrification Project, the number is expected to grow to 368 villages.

Honourable Kedikilwe also informed the attendees that in June 2009 Cabinet approved the establishment of a National Electrification Fund (NEF) and the National Electricity Standard Connection Cost of P5000. 00 and a levy of 5 thebe on electricity consumption. The 5 thebe will be added to every bill per kwh. He then assured the audience that the Ministries of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, Finance and Development Planning, Bank of Botswana and Attorney General's Chambers are working hard to ensure implementation of the initiatives as soon as possible.

In closing, the Minister expressed his uttermost appreciation to ELTEL for their initiative of donating service connection to Clinics, Schools and Dikgotla in all the 100 villages. He also thanked the Swedish Government for their contribution in all the past, present and future projects in Botswana.

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