Mines Minister criticises NamPower for power blackouts

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Southern Times

The Mines and Energy Minister has criticised NamPower for the power blackouts Namibia experienced three times this year.
Obeth Kandjoze, who called on the management to improve on service delivery, was speaking at the Electricity Supply Industry Stakeholders' Forum in Windhoek on Thursday.
He noted that each interruption placed him under frustration and shame, as he had to explain to President Hage Geingob, other compatriots and investors, what had happened.
Kandjoze stressed that a stable and reliable electricity supply was a pre-requisite to any development, warning that an unreliable power supply impacted negatively on developmental plans and the economy.
He gave his assurance that that the ministry would leave no stone unturned in ensuring that normalcy prevailed.
Kandjoze demanded that Nampower management submits a report as to why there were blackouts and what remedy was in place to prevent future power outages, which he would table in Parliament.
The minister explained that the Fourth National Development Plan, soon to be replaced by NDP Five, identified energy as the vehicle to industrialisation, while the Harambee Prosperity Plan also had expectations.