Erongo RED donates N$1 million

Helping hand

07 April 2020 | Energy

Fessor Mbango; Erongo RED; "the reduction and increment of electricity tariffs rests solely with the Electricity Control Board."

Walvis Bay • [email protected]

Erongo RED has availed N$1 million to the Covid-19 pandemic fight within the region.

Chief executive Fessor Mbango said that N$200 000 will be directed to the National Disaster Fund while the remaining N$800 000 will be used to assist vulnerable communities, particularly to ensure access to sanitation such as hand washing materials to prevent and reduce the spread of Covid-19 in the region.

“We will continue to engage the regional disaster risk management committee and other institutions that are involved in combating Covid-19. Our decision was mainly driven by the visible efforts of the national and regional leadership, increased number of infections in Namibia, as well as the reported cases in the region.”

Mbango said that Erongo RED had put measures into place to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.

“We are saddened by the increase in number of cases in Namibia, but we are confident that if we join forces, we can win the fight. All our offices are closed for the duration of the lockdown. This is mainly for the safety of our employees and customers. We made sure that employees with essential responsibilities operate remotely to ensure uninterrupted supply of electricity.”

On the issue of reducing tariffs during lockdown, Mbango said that the reduction and increment of electricity tariffs rests solely with the Electricity Control Board (ECB).

He advised residents who are unable to make payments during this time to call the toll-free number at 081 9600, or 081 166 5058, 081 129 1213, 081 129 1216, 081 129 1217 or email [email protected] to discuss possible arrangements.

The governor of the Erongo region, Cleophas Mutjavikua, applauded Erongo RED, saying “we are working on envisaged Covid-19 isolations and quarantine centres in case we experience a spike in our region. We are also constantly busy with scenario planning to make the best options available to determine what is needed should 40%, 50% or 60% of our residents be infected.”
The governor added that various possible scenarios are being fine-tuned.

“We also have to budget accordingly and agree on the source of funding mainly from the private sector. As a region we are working on sanitation and water distribution in the region despite some challenges. Financial Consulting Services will be responsible for financial management of Covid-19 funds in our region.”

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