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Eskom celebrates 95 years of powering the nation
Thursday, 01 March 2018: Eskom turns 95 years today, and the organisation 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. South Africa hopes to achieve universal access to electricity by 2025.
Through a successful electrification programme, more than 5 million households within Eskom’s licensed areas of supply have been electrified since 1990.  According to Statistics South Africa, 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.
Commenting on the Eskom’s journey of contributing to the growth and development of the people of South Africa and its economy, Eskom’s Interim Group Chief Executive, Phakamani Hadebe said: “Turning 95 years is great milestone for our organisation and a self motivation as we  manoeuvre  through the liquidity and governance challenges that we are 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.”