Electricity reaches 21 thousand people in Manica
Some 21,000 new domestic consumers were connected to the national electricity grid in Manica province last year. This far exceeds the expected target of 10,000 new connections in 2018.
Speaking in an interview with “Noticias”, the Governor of Manica, Manuel Rodrigues, said that despite still being a challenge, electric power reaches all the district capitals in Manica, and is currently being expanded to administrative posts and localities.
In this context, the Administrative Posts of Dombe and Rotanda in Sussundenga, Dacata in Mossurize were connected to the national energy network and the electrification works of Serra-Choa and Honde in the Báruè district are in the final phase.
At the moment, the headquarters of the administrative posts of Machipanda, Messica, Mouha, Amatongas, Cafumpe, Nhacolo, Búzua, Nguawala, Nhampassa, Matsinho, Zembe, Munhami, Nhamassonje, Chaiva, Chidoco and Mavonde in the districts of Manica, Sussundenga, Gondola, Tambara, Macossa, Báruè, Vanduzi, Guro, Mossurize and Manica, respectively, are already linked to the national energy network.
As regards the electrification of the border villages, the source reported that the electrification of Espungabera and Rotanda in the districts of Mossurize and Sussundenga respectively had been completed. These villages depended on electricity from the neighboring Republic of Zimbabwe and were recently linked to the national grid.
In addition to the national network, some of the administrative posts in the province, such as Mavonde in Manica, Mungari, Nhamassonje, Nguawala, Buzua, Chidoco and Nhacafula, benefit from isolated systems powered by generating sets and photovoltaic systems.
According to the source, a number of mini-hydro dams are still being built or operated in Manica province, at the administrative posts of Mohua, Sembezeia and Rotanda, in Sussundenga, Chiurairue, Mossurize and Serra-Choa, at the Administrative Post of the same name, in the district of Báruè.
Manica, it should be remembered, is a potential province producing electricity through the two Mavuzi and Chicamba hydroelectric dams, which are an alternative to the electricity supplied by the Cahora Bassa hydroelectric dam.
The Governor of Manica said it was the executive’s challenge this year to expand and continue to increase the levels of quality and reliability of energy provided to consumers. As a way of facilitating access to this resource, the rate of payment of the new connection has been reduced from three thousand to 800 Meticais.
– Jornal Notícias