NAMPOWER has made a u-turn on its decision last week to disconnect electricity supply to Kombat today, because of a N$29 million outstanding debt from Congo Namibia Trading.
Nampower says the disconnection will now be carried out on 11 March in the morning. The former Kombat mine owners, Congo Namibia Trading, who received bulk electricity supply from Nampower, were also supplying the village using the same supply point as the Kombat mine.
The mine now has new owners, with their own electricity supply point. Without divulging much, Nampower Managing Director Kahenge Haulofu said that the postponement is as a result of unforeseen circumstances, adding that the account of Congo Namibia Trading has been growing without any arrangements by the debtor. The debt, he says, has been accumulating since July 2018.
“The termination of the contract with Congo Namibia Trading will impact the village of Kombat as the company has been supplying the village through the same supply point used by the mine. Nampower has implemented a debt collection plan since March 2021, which resulted in consultations being held with defaulting customers to reach payment agreements. Some customers have defaulted on the commitments they made whilst others like Congo Namibia Trading have not been forthcoming ,” Haulofu said. Kombat residents affected have since been encouraged to contact Congo Namibia Trading for further information.