THE Matelile community has welcomed the recently launched rural electrification project for the area saying it would scare aware criminals who have wreaked havoc for the villagers.
The villagers expressed their delight at a sod turning ceremony which was officiated by the acting Minister of Energy, Mathato Motoboli at Ha-Koepe village on Friday.
Ramoetsana community councilor Hanyane Ramant?ane applauded the government for the rural electrification project which he said would finally end the dark evenings they have endured all their lives.
Mr Ramant?ane said the Matelile constituency is afflicted by brutal killings of women children and other criminal activities owing to lack of lighting in the evening.
“It is my hope that electricity connection in the area will have a positive impact and bring down the criminal activities,” Mr Ramant?ane said.
“We live like beasts in our own homes because of darkness so it’s our wish that the project becomes a success.”
For his part, the neighbouring Maliepetsana constituency legislator Mpalipali Molefe who was the guest of honour said the groundbreaking ceremony is a Christmas gift which the Matelile community must embrace.
Ms Motoboli said the government aims to ensure that each area has electricity connection.
Ms Motoboli said they four party coalition is determined to ensure that the whole country is connected to electricity.
“Electricity connection in the area is going to change your lives for the better as the other expectation is that there will be job creation for the community here,” Ms Motoboli said.
She said the project costs M4, 7 million and it is expected to cover five villages of Matelile connecting 172 households and is expected to take 22 weeks ending in June 2019.