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NORED marks 10 year anniversary

Mon, 11 March 2013 04:05
by Rafael Diza

Employees of Northern Namibians Regional Electricity Distributor (Nored) are in for a treat of their lives when the utility distribution company celebrates its key 10th anniversary milestone in style.
Incorporated in 2003, Nored has put itself on the world map as a reliable energy supplier and this year it will mark its 10th year anniversary in style having fulfilled most of its mandates, according to CEO Gotlieb Amanyanga.
“We have a lot lined up for all the employees of Nored who have dedicated their careers towards the transformation of the company.
“When I jumped onto the Nored board, the balance sheet stood at N$43m in 2003 and it has grown to N$1b this year. This is because of my team of dedicated staff who always put the customer first,” said Amanyanga.
Amanyanga added that the company was bracing for more customers and they have been upgrading their sub-stations.
“We get our electricity from NamPower but we have got our own sub-stations which we upgrade and we need a lot of money in order to upgrade them.
“When you look at the other reds such as Erongo Red, you will notice that they have an even broader clientele that is mainly made up of industries yet we focus on mostly rural Namibia,” professed Amanyanga.
The electricity distributor was granted a 25-year license by the Electricity Control Board (ECB) in 2004 to distribute electricity to the Oshana, Caprivi, Kavango, Kunene, Omusati, Oshikoto and Ohangwena regions.
Rundu is currently the best Nored entity with Ongwediva and Katima Mulilo are the leading lights. Remote Opuwo is consuming less power in the region.
But it hasn’t been an easy walk in the part for the electricity distribution company whose operations are being hampered by illegal connections and vandalising of electricity lines and poles.
“We are trying to educate our customers about the dangers of electricity. In the past we have had cases of illegal connections which have cost lives.
“Children are also being educated about the dangers of throwing objects at live electricity lines. This could prove fatal,” said Amanyanga.
Nored was created as a direct result of Government policy on the restructuring of the electricity supply industry across the country.
Apart from Nored, Central Regional Electricity Distributor (Cenored) and Erongo Regional Electricity Distributor (Erongo Red) are the other two Reds currently in operation in the country.