Friday, 17 March 2017: Eskom’s quest to achieve universal access by 2020 has seen 35 000
new households being connected to the electricity grid across the Eastern Cape
for the 11 months ending in February 2017.
The new connections in the Eastern Cape are mostly
within the rural areas of the province that have never experienced electricity
before. For the first time in their lives a candle or paraffin light will now
be something of the past as they will be able to get lighting from a flick of a
“We have intensified our implementation programme
throughout the country, and we intend achieving an additional 15 000 new
connections in the Eastern Cape before the end of the financial year on 31
March. We have connected over 94 000 new households in the province over the
past three financial years and the journey continues,” said Mongezi Ntsokolo,
Eskom’s Group Executive for Distribution.
“Eskom continues to contribute towards the
socio-economic developmental goals of the country by intensifying its
electrification delivery programme to respond to the historic backlog in the
affected provinces. Changing the lives of our communities is what drives our
daily operations. The message to those who are not yet connected is simple: We
are coming,” Ntsokolo adds.
New electricity connections have been effected in the
following areas of the Eastern Cape: Buffalo City Metropolitan
Municipality; Ntabankulu; Mbizana; Umzimvubu; Matatiele; King Sabatha
Dalindyebo; Mhlontlo; Nyandeni; Port St John; Ingquza Hill; Senqu; Elundini;
Sakhisizwe; Engcobo; Emalahleni; Intsika Yethu; Enoch Mgijima; Raymond Mhlaba;
Ngqushwa; Amahlathi; Mnquma; Mbhashe; Koukamma; Sundays River Valley; and
90% of South African households currently have access to electricity. Eskom
aspires to achieve universal access by 2020.