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Eskom – powering your world
Friday, 03 March 2017: It goes without saying that the provision of a long-term sustainable electricity supply plays a crucial role in our everyday lives and forms the backbone of any country’s economic growth and sustainability.
South Africa, like every country in the world, is faced with the challenge of ensuring that there is a sustainable energy supply. According to the 2016 census community survey, access to electricity for lighting has increased by 32,2% from 58,1% in 1996 to 90,3% in 2016. The provinces with the largest proportions of access to electricity are the Western Cape, Free State, Limpopo and Mpumalanga, each with more than 90%.
Eskom Divisional Executive for Corporate Affairs Chose Choeu says, “Eskom recognises that energy security is at the core of current and future advancements in economic growth, industry and technology.  It is with this understanding that Eskom supports South Africa’s NDP’s 2030 vision of ensuring that we have an energy sector that promotes economic growth and development through sufficient investment in energy infrastructure”.
We at Eskom understand the importance of reliable and sustainable electricity and that is why we employ over 40 000 full-time employees and around 30 000 contractors who work tirelessly around the clock every day to keep South Africa powered up.
“The reliable supply of electricity enables many businesses, from heavy industries such as mining, manufacturing, construction and automotive to other important sectors of the South African economy such as retail, hospitality, financial services and ICT, among others, to remain operational, contribute to economic growth and continue to provide employment opportunities for millions of South Africans,” adds Choeu.
Electricity plays a key role every day in keeping South Africans’ homes and businesses running smoothly, powering transportation that takes people to work, school and other places, and running appliances in all sectors.
Indeed, a long-term sustainable electricity supply plays a vital role in our everyday lives – be it at home, work or school. And it is with this understanding that Eskom unfailingly strives and commits to continue powering the world of every South African.