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.
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%.
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”.
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
“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
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.