Mbabane: 8 000 households in the Shiselweni region will get electricity powered to them as the Minister for Natural Resources and Energy Peter Bhembe has launched a E750Million electrification project.
The Network Reinforcement and Access Project (NRAP) is financed by the World Bank.
Minister Bhembe this is in line with Their Majesties’ vision of a first world status for Eswatini, which mandates access to electricity for all Emaswati by 2022. As such, the country has reached above 80% overall access, one of the highest access rates in Africa.
Minister Bhembe added that the Shiselweni region has been lagging behind in terms of network upgrades and strengthening. As such, the main aim of this project launched is to improve the quality of electricity supply in the southern part of the country and facilitate access to electricity.
“During the implementation of this project, it is envisaged that the project shall have positive spillovers to the region by bringing employment opportunities as well as business opportunities both in the short, medium and long term,” said Bhembe.