13 January 2012 – A Gallup survey done across 20 sub-Saharan African countries on the main sources of lighting for households saw Mauritius fair best, with 100% of respondents saying this was provided by power lines. South Africa came in second at 80% in terms of households with grid supplied power for lighting, followed by Ghana (67%), Nigeria (66%) and Cameroon (65%).
At the bottom of the list in this survey for electrical grid power supplying household lighting was Liberia at 4%, followed by Chad and Burkina Faso at 8%.
In Chad, Tanzania, Burkina Faso, the Central African Republic, Sierra Leone, Madagascar, Uganda and Kenya the dominant source for household lighting was reported to be fuel lamps. Niger and Guinea households reported flash lights as their dominant source of lighting.
The same survey also reflected upon the amount of days in which people who have electricity at their workplaces in African countries experienced power outages during a working week. Here, South Africa, Botswana and Kenya faired best. The Central African Republic, Nigeria and Liberia fared worst with workers with electrical access experiencing outages for more than 50% of the total time.
Results of the Gallup survey were based on face-to-face interviews with 1,000 adults, aged 15 and older, conducted during 2010 and 2011 in Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.