Having been around for this long, the South African power utility, Eskom, today celebrates this occasion with 100,380 households that have connected to the national grid over the past six months.
The National Treasury has allocated R17.3 billion to Eskom and the municipalities to electrify a further 640,000 households over the next three years.
#EskomCelebrates95yrs : This year, @Eskom_SA proudly celebrates 95 years of working hard to bring it on. @DPE_ZA @Energy_ZA @ParliamentofRSA @EskomFoundation @Exposcience @Brand_SA @SowetoUrban pic.twitter.com/iYFPrd7mtg
— Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) March 1, 2018
Through a successful electrification programme, more than 5 million households within Eskom’s licensed areas of supply have been electrified since 1990, the company noted.
Eskom further cited figures by Statistics South Africa, which states that over 90% of South Africans have access to electricity, with the majority of new customers now being electrified in more remote and deep rural areas.
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Commenting on Eskom’s journey thus far, the Interim Group Chief Executive, Phakamani Hadebe said: “Turning 95 years is a great milestone for our organisation and a self motivation as we manoeuvre through the liquidity and governance challenges that we are currently grappling with as the organisation. What is more striking about Eskom’s proud heritage is that people have and will always remain at the heart of this business whose history is deeply embedded in the history and the development of South Africa.”
Hadede added that: “Together with the board, we are busy formulating a strategic framework that will ensure that this institution survives another 100 years.”