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Energy Efficient Lighting Exchange Programme

1.What is the Energy Efficient Lighting Exchange Programme?

The programme entails Eskom-appointed installers going door to door in designated areas to replace energy intensive incandescent light bulbs with new energy saving CFL (Compact Fluorescent Lamps) in homes across South Africa. Even though there is no shortage of power in SA now and Eskom has excess capacity again, the roll out still continues to assist households to save money and to ensure we do not waste our limited resources.

The 1st phase of the programme targeted installing 5 million CFLs between November 2015 and 31 March 2016 in five provinces:

  • Kwazulu-Natal - 3 000 000.
  • Western Cape - 800 000.
  • Eastern Cape – 500 000.
  • Free State – 500 000.
  • Northern Cape – 200 000.

The programme commenced in Kwazulu-Natal on1  November 2015 and could continue beyond 2017. Umzumbe in KZN Rollout is on hold - April 2017

2. How many CFLs have been distributed nationally to date?

As of 16th January 2017 more than 65 million have been distributed to homes across South Africa, making it one of the biggest energy saving initiatives of its kind in the world and earning Eskom both national and international recognition as an environmentally responsible utility.


for  Gauteng Province