Solar technology on the way for informal settlements

The Gauteng government is in talks with Eskom to ensure informal settlements have access to electricity.

FILE: The Gauteng government aims to introduce solar power to informal settlements. Picture:

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Human Settlements MEC Jacob Mamabolo on Monday announced that solar-powered technology would be introduced to informal settlements as soon as possible.

Mamabolo said the provincial government was in talks with Eskom to ensure areas such as Thembelihle in Lenasia had proper access to electricity.

This was revealed during a meeting with the executive mayors of protest-hit municipalities on Monday.

The MEC held a meeting amid service delivery protests in Bekkersdal, Thembelihle and Boiketlong over the past couple of weeks.

He outlined that the supply of electricity to these areas would not be free and encouraged community members to pay a fee.

"Our country works on the principle of user pay so where services have to be paid for, we must pay for them. Where people are unable to pay, they'll come forward as indigents; they are registered and supported by government."

Meanwhile, eight people appeared in court today for public violence during a protest in Bekkersdal last Friday.

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