Eskom, the country’s sole power utility, further noted that this challenge is no different from other countries worldwide.
However, in light of this, Eskom highlighted the 2016 census community survey, which indicated that access to electricity for lighting has increased by 32,2% from 58,1% in 1996 to 90,3% in 2016.
The provinces with the largest proportions of access to electricity are the Western Cape, Free State, Limpopo and Mpumalanga, each with more than 90%, the power company stated.
Eskom’s divisional executive for corporate affairs, Chose Choeu, said: “Eskom recognises that energy security is at the core of current and future advancements in economic growth, industry and technology.
“It is with this understanding that Eskom supports South Africa’s National Development Plan’s 2030 vision of ensuring that we have an energy sector that promotes economic growth and development through sufficient investment in energy infrastructure.”
Eskom strive for reliable power
Choeu continued: “The reliable supply of electricity enables many businesses, from heavy industries such as mining, manufacturing, construction and automotive to other important sectors of the South African economy such as retail, hospitality, financial services and ICT, among others, to remain operational, contribute to economic growth and continue to provide employment opportunities for millions of South Africans.”
Electricity plays a key role every day in keeping South Africans’ homes and businesses running smoothly, powering transportation that takes people to work, school and other places, and running appliances in all sectors, the power utility noted.
It added that a long-term sustainable electricity supply plays a vital role in everyday lives – be it at home, work or school. And it is with this understanding that Eskom unfailingly strives and commits to continue powering the world of every South African.