344 carriers

Well wired

Over the past weeks, 344 metal carriers have been screwed manually, and above all running, into the grounds of the KIUMA site. They will carry future photovoltaic cells, which are part of the new energy supply concept of our wortundtat project in South Tanzania.

Cables running above ground are installed on the entire site.

Cables running above ground are installed on the entire site.

However, there is plenty of other work that needs to be done. Since August 2017, about 20 members of staff have been working on providing the entire KIUMA site with a power supply, which is sufficient and reliable in the long term. “We employ six experts of a company, which is specialised in building an electricity infrastructure”, explains project manager Neil Eichstädt, who is in charge of the construction project in the South of Tanzania. The company has its main seat in South Africa; however, it is well-known and active on the entire continent. Four of the six experts, who are in charge of different aspects of the project, are from Tanzania. These are joined by five to 15 semiskilled workers, who live in the town of Milonde, which is on the other side of the road of the KIUMA site. The number of helpers is fluctuating; it depends on the type of work, which is required at any given time. A team of the Christian non-governmental organisation eMi is also involved. The staff of eMi includes electrical and civil engineers, architects and other experts, who had visited the KIUMA site in 2016 and subsequently drew up the requirement plan for the project. They monitor the construction progress from their respective native countries and regularly exchange information in joint telephone conferences.

Sustained power supply is a great help

“For me personally, KIUMA is very special because its community demonstrates how we as people can live and work well side by side. KIUMA has been conceived on a slightly wider scale in particular because the project, once the work has been completed, will be one of the few communities in Tanzania, which will have a reliable source of energy round the clock. Hence, hospital and other facilities can even have a greater impact on the surrounding villages as is currently the case; apart from that, they will be able to help people living there to experience more developments”, says Neil Eichstädt.