Zille: Free power to WC farm households

A new project aims to provide free electricity to farm households in the Western Cape.

Zille has a new project to provide free electricity to farm households in the Western Cape

CAPE TOWN - A new project to provide free electricity to farm households in the Hex River Valley has been revealed by Western Cape Premier Helen Zille.

Zille has given her state of the province speech in the provincial legislature.

During late 2012 and early 2013, hundreds of farm workers went on a violent strike, calling for better wages and living conditions.

Zille says it is hoped, with power utility Eskom's help, to roll-out free electricity to the Hex River Valley next year at a cost of R12 million.

"We have chosen the Hex River Valley for the pilot project because it comprises 170 farms with approximately 2,000 farm worker households, which means that a large number of salaries will benefit from this project."