OTJIWARONGO, 15 APR – An Otjiwarongo man who uses a wheelchair for mobility, on Friday received a diesel powered generator from the Central North Regional Electricity Distributor (Cenored) to supply electricity to his house.
Bernhard Tjijameka’s zinc home is located in the new Ombili informal settlement, where electricity is not yet available.
The 41-year-old Tjijameka became disabled after a road crash in 2014.
He told Nampa in an interview Friday the vehicle he was driving rolled several times in the Zambezi Region, where he worked at a game hunting company.
He injured his spinal cord and now makes use of a battery-powered wheelchair to get around.
“It had also been a big struggle to recharge this battery of my wheelchair on a daily basis. I would therefore like to thank Cenored for the new generator,” he said.
Tjijameka approached Cenored three weeks ago with the request to electrify his house or donate him a generator that can supply electricity to his house.
His request was considered successful under the company’s social corporate responsibility, said Cenored Public Relations Officer, Charlie Matengu who handed over the generator.
“Our next project to electrify houses in this vicinity where Tjijameka lives might take some time, therefore purchasing him a generator was considered an alternative solution,” said Matengu.
The generator produces 6 500 volts and is able to power all electrical appliances in Tjijameka’s house.
It was purchased at a cost of N.dollars 11 000.