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REA empowers Bemba community through solar energy provision

Story by Wadzanai Mandima

THE Rural Electrification Agency (REA) has installed a 60 kilowatt solar system in Bemba, Tsholotsho with 35 households, a clinic, school and business centre benefitting from the project.

Teachers and school children at Bemba primary school said the electrification of rural areas is a welcome development.

“As a teacher here, I’m very happy with the provision of electricity at our school as there isn’t much difference now with those working in towns,” one of the teachers told the ZBC News.

“We are very grateful to REA for the provision of electricity as we are now able to learn computers,” noted a student.

A mother who delivered her baby at Bemba Clinic said the installation of electricity is a relief to all women in the community while business people are appreciative of the development, “I am quite elated because of the electricity situation. It makes life easy for expecting mothers.”

A business owner weighed in, “As a business person am very happy with the coming of electricity at our business centre and this is going to boost our business. People would walk long distances to buy fresh meat and cold drinks because we could not provide the services here.”

REA Public Relations and Marketing Manager Johannes Nyamayedenga urged the people of Bemba to fully utilise solar energy.

“I urge the people of Bemba to fully utilise this uninterrupted source of energy to their benefitting by engaging in economically beneficial programmes,” he said.

Matabeleland North Provincial Affairs and Devolution Minister, Honourable Richard Moyo said the provision of energy in rural areas will create employment opportunities for communities.

The Minister of Energy and Power Development, Hon Edgar Moyo urged the people of Bemba to guard jealously electricity infrastructure.

“I urge you to safeguard this infrastructure and put it to good use as it is a source of economic development,” he noted.

The electrification of rural areas is in line with government’s Vision 2030 goals which will see the provision of one form of energy or another to all rural areas.

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