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On Friday, South African state-owned power utility Eskom connected over 300 households in the Limpopo Province to the national electricity grid for the first time.

The ‘switch on’ took place in Bela-Bela and Mookgopong as part of government’s electrification programme aimed at improving the quality of life of our fellow South Africans, the utility said in a statement.

According to the utility, each household that is electrified brings the nation a step closer to service delivery and poverty alleviation, with more to be connected to the grid in an effort to achieve universal access by 2025.

Eskom bolsters efforts in electricity connection

The utility highlighted: “Together with the Department of Energy (DoE), Eskom has connected more than 4.6 million households to the national grid since 1991.

“According to the latest Statistics South Africa report, access to electricity has increased from 35% of households in 1990 to over 90% in 2016.”

Eskom is building new power stations and high voltage power lines to meet South Africa’s growing energy demand.

The electrification programme is also being implemented in more remote areas, where the construction of network infrastructure is more expensive due to the distances involved and, in some cases, the difficult terrain encountered.

In the next three years, Eskom and municipalities will spend ZAR17.6 billion ($1.2 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, the parastatal noted.