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South Africa’s Eastern Cape has witnessed the connection of 35,000 households to the electricity grid over the past 11 months.

This widespread connection rollout forms part of state-owned power utility Eskom’s quest to achieve universal access by 2020.

Eskom drives rural electrification

The new connections in the Eastern Cape are mostly within the rural areas of the province that have never experienced electricity before. Read more...

Eskom group executive for distribution, Mongezi Ntsokolo, said in a statement on Friday: “We have intensified our implementation programme throughout the country, and we intend achieving an additional 15,000 new connections in the Eastern Cape before the end of the financial year on 31 March.

“We have connected over 94,000 new households in the province over the past three financial years and the journey continues.”

Ntsokolo added: “Eskom continues to contribute towards the socio-economic developmental goals of the country by intensifying its electrification delivery programme to respond to the historic backlog in the affected provinces.

“Changing the lives of our communities is what drives our daily operations. The message to those who are not yet connected is simple: We are coming.” Read more...

Programme beneficiaries

The parastatal highlighted 25 areas that were included in the rollout programme including: New electricity connections have been effected in the following areas of the Eastern Cape: Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality; Ntabankulu; Mbizana; Umzimvubu; Matatiele; King Sabatha Dalindyebo; Mhlontlo; Nyandeni; Port St John; Ingquza Hill; Senqu; Elundini; Sakhisizwe; Engcobo; Emalahleni; Intsika Yethu; Enoch Mgijima; Raymond Mhlaba; Ngqushwa; Amahlathi; Mnquma; Mbhashe; Koukamma; Sundays River Valley; and Makana.



  1. The article does not tell yes much except to boast about 35 000 connections achieved. It misses basic elements e.g. What was the target for the year? How much was spent to achieve these connection at what cost per connection? How does this affect/impact the electrification backlog in the EC? What is the split between rural and urban connections? When do they plan to achieve universal access in the Province?
    The declaration one is missing is to state that Eskom are carrying out the project on behalf of the Department of Energy who have been funding both urban and rural electrification in SA since 2001. Zolani