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NORED electricity for everybody

NORED Head Office in Ondangwa. The electricity distributor for the northern regions was the first of the regional electricity distributors to be incorporated. (Photograph by Hilma Hashange)

NORED Head Office in Ondangwa. The electricity distributor for the northern regions was the first of the regional electricity distributors to be incorporated. (Photograph by Hilma Hashange)

Incorporated in 2001, the Northern Namibia Regional Electricity Distributor, NORED, has put itself on the map as a reliable energy supplier. The first ever regional distributor to be established in the country, NORED has been supplying quality and affordable electricity to all its customers for the past 12 years.

Owned by Nampower and regional and local authority electricity companies, NORED distributes electricity to thousands of consumers in the Ohangwena, Omusati, Oshikoto, Kunene, Oshana, Okavango and Zambezi regions by buying energy from the generator and bulk supplier, Nampower and selling it through its network to end-users. The users consist of private farms, communal farms, local authorities and even towns and villages that are situated close to the main distribution lines.
NORED first started with less than a hundred employees but now draws strength from the volume of regional and local authorities it represents as well as the skills of over two hundred employees. Some of the aims of the company include actively contributing to the development of the community in its areas of supply as well as promoting and encouraging alternative sources of renewable energy.
For its excellent performance, the Electricity Control Board awarded NORED a 25-year operational license to supply and distribute electricity.
The company’s vision encompasses uplifting the living standards of the northern communities and bringing economic growth and development that would increase employment opportunities. NORED said it has advanced its technology to such a stage that it can guarantee reliable electricity accessible to the majority of people in its distribution area at affordable and stable tariffs.
Through this process, many families from formerly disadvantaged groups no longer have to rely on energy from wood to prepare meals. The process has also made a significant impact on school results in the northern part of the country as the reliable supply of electricity to school is a crucial element of schooling and education.
With its competitive spirit, the company has acknowledged that the environment represents strategic resource for both current and future generations and thus strives to minimize the impact of its activities on the environment.
NORED said it is committed to creating a working environment where the highest standards of safety are maintained, enabling employees to execute their daily tasks in a clean, orderly and safe workplace. “Hence, measures are put in place to ensure safe working conditions by using correct and adequate machinery and equipment as well as competent supervision at all operations of the company.”:
NORED employees are trained to provide professional services and treating customers with respect and informing them about planned power outage at least 14 days in advance. For emergency power outages in towns, NORED said it has the capacity and ability to restore power within three hours.
The company demonstrates a socially responsible attitude by educating the community about the dangers associated with electricity. It has also established a development trust, namely the Employees Development Fund which caters for the training of employees and the HIV/AIDS Trust Fund which responds to the needs of existing AIDS Organisations and support groups.

 

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