DMRE pays surprise visit to George

A surprise visit by senior officials from the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) and the National Treasury of projects funded through the Integrated National Electrification Programme (INEP) on Wednesday 22 June 2022, turned out to be a pleasant surprise, says the George Municipality’s Electro-Technical Services department, as these officials were pleased with the progress on the two projects.

The construction of the new 66kV/11kV substation in Thembalethu is well underway. From left to right: Danie Greeff (George Municipality’s Electro-Technical Services Department), Kate Modise (Department of Mineral Resources and Energy), Unathi Lekonyana (National Treasury), Noluthando Jiyana-Kaulela (Department of Mineral Resources and Energy), Mhlangabezi Mzalisi (Department of Mineral Resources and Energy)

Danie Greeff and Deon Esterhuysen both senior officials from the George Municipality’s Electro-Technical Services Department had to accompany officials from the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy and National Treasury to the sites of the projects funded by Integrated National Electrification Programme grant, to assess progress of the projects. “Our Deputy Director, Mr Greeff, as well as Project Manager, Mr Esterhuysen, from the Electro-Technical Services Department took the lead and showed our visitors the sites and the brief feedback from the visiting team was positive, since they were very happy about the progress made,” said the Bongani Mandla, the director for the George Municipality’s Electro-Technical Service Department.

The electrification of 300 residential units was completed at the beginning of June 2022. From left to right: Mhlangabezi Mzalisi (Department of Mineral Resources and Energy), Unathi Lekonyana (National Treasury), Kate Modise (Department of Mineral Resources and Energy), Noluthando Jiyana-Kaulela (Department of Mineral Resources and Energy), Danie Greeff (George Municipality’s Electro-Technical Services)

The two sites that were visited are electrification of 300 residential units at Erf. 325 in Pacaltsdorp which was completed at the beginning of June this year and the second visit was at a substation site in Thembalethu. “The construction of the new 66kV/11kV 40MVA electrical substation in Thembalethu is well underway. Currently, the contractor is busy with the civil engineering works to construct an engineered platform for the new substation. The construction of the platform, roadworks, oil dam, concrete plinths, installation of the watermains, sewer lines, the erection of the security fence and electrical infrastructure, that form part of the platform, are due for completion by the end of October 2022,” Mandla added.

“The construction of the substation building is planned for the beginning of January 2023, or as soon as all the necessary approvals are in place. The transformers have been ordered and are expected to be delivered in May 2023. The anticipated completion date for the project is scheduled for end of September 2024,” Mandla concluded.

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