On Thursday, South African Minister of Energy, Tina Joematt-Pettersson and the Deputy Minister of Public Enterprises, Bulelani Magwanishe, viewed 1,048 households that the state-owned power utility has electrified in Sun City Section C village, in KwaMhlanga in Mpumalanga.
According to Eskom, the electrification rollout programme falls in line with the Department of Energy’s (DoE’s) Integrated National Electrification Programme (INEP), which the utility has been implementing in its licensed areas of supply since April 2001.
Minister of energy inspects progress
The “walk-about” was part of a build-up to the Presidential Siyahlola event in Kwaggafontein on Friday, 10 June 2016.
“The Presidential visit is aimed at assessing progress made towards the provision of service delivery in the area including the electrification programme,” the utility explained.
The utility added that the Sun City Section C Ext electrification project was assigned to five contractors to fast-track its completion, illustrating government’s commitment to have universal electricity access by 2025.
Access to grid increases
Last week, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) released a selection of key findings from the annual General Household Survey it had conducted between January and December last year.
The survey showed that nearly 90% of households in the country are now connected to the grid.
In the next three years, Eskom and municipalities will spend ZAR17.6 billion ($1 billion) to connect over 840,000 households to the national grid, and an additional 70,000 households will be connected through non-grid solar electrification programmes.