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Recent statistics show that nearly 90% of households in SA now have access to electricity
Saturday, 4 June 2016: Eskom is progressing well with the maintenance of its power generating plant whilst supplying the country’s electricity needs. No load shedding is anticipated today.
Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) this week released a selection of key findings from the annual General Household Survey it had conducted between January and December last year.
According to the survey, the percentage of households connected to the electricity supply from the mains has increased consistently from 77.1% in 2002 to 85,5% in 2015. Percentage of households that used electricity for cooking increased from 58% in 2002 to 78.1% in 2015. The use of electricity as a source of energy for cooking was highest in Free State (86.9%), Northern Cape (85.9%) and Western Cape (85.4%) and lowest in more rural provinces such as Limpopo (60.1%), Eastern Cape (73.1%) and Mpumalanga (74.2%) where alternative fuels such as wood are, perhaps, more accessible and affordable.
The survey showed that nearly 90% of households in the country are now connected to the grid. This is in line with government's ambition of achieving universal electricity access by 2025. In the next three years, Eskom and municipalities will spend R17.6 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.
Separately, Stats SA’s report on electricity generation showed that electricity production rose 0.8% year-on-year in April this year compared to yearly figure of -4.3% reported in March. Month-on-month electricity generation in April also increased by 0.3% compared to -1.8% in March. The report also shows that electricity consumption has increased marginally.
We will continue to provide regular updates on the state of the power system through various media platforms.