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CENORED in N$14m expansion

Mon, 30 September 2013 03:13
by Honorine Kaze
Business

In the aim of bringing its services closer to the people and provide infrastructure development in the nearby areas,  the Central Northern Electricity Distribution Company (PTY) ltd (CENORED) has been constructing new offices in Tsumeb and Otavi respectively.
Human Resources and Administration, Ekonia Mudjanima confirmed both projects are advancing well with the construction in Tsumeb being at an advanced stage while the Otavi offices are still at an early stage.
“The construction in Tsumeb at the value of NS10.9m is expected to be completed by the end of this year while the N$3.5m Otavi construction is to be completed by June 2014. Both projects were made possible through a loan from First National Bank,” he said.
He added that beside the construction, CENORED is also busy upgrading existing offices in Khorixas, Outjo, okakarara and Kamanjab while it further plans on participating in similar projects in other areas of their operation.
CENORED which is owned by the town of Tsumeb, Okakarara, Omaheke, Gobabis, Outjo, Khorixas, Kamanjab, Otavi, Grootfontein, has about 30 000 customers with over 150 employees.
“Making our customers happy is a priority. It is a challenge to keep all customers happy at the same time; however we have a highly competent and professional team of officials who strive to excel in everything that they do. Abiding to our core values make it possible for us to meet all the expectations and to reach our goal.  Safety is one of the core values and in our industry it is an absolute key; and we have managed to run our operations without accident.”
Providing a basic service to smaller towns in and around Oshikoto and Otjozondjupa regions, where unemployment is high, has had an adverse effect on the company’s operations as most people struggle with a stable income.
To address this dilemma, the company is engaged in peri-urban electrification to ensure that people enjoy the quality of life.
Through the program initiated two years ago, CENORED electrifies low income houses with low voltage, sufficient network, prepayment meters and ready board installation whereby customers have electricity convenience at a flick of a switch.
CENORED took upon this program to close the gap left by Government’s Rural Electrification Policy programme which left peri-urban settlements areas neglected for years.
CENORED is the third licensed Regional Electricity Distribution Company to be established in Namibia after NORED and Erongo Red.
The company is aimed at providing a reliable and affordable electricity supply to customers, expanding or upgrading the electricity network and offering value adding services such as Automatic Meter reading (AMR) and web- based business to business metering solutions.
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