A quarter of a century of electrification – part two

April 10th, 2014, Published in Articles: Energize


by Jac Messerschmidt, Pr. Eng.

The slogan “electricity for all” was first used in 1988, and in the same year the first electrification joint venture was created in the Eastern Cape. Over the next twenty-five years, this initiative grew to bring electricity to more than 6-million homes, schools and clinics. Initially, the focus was on the urban townships. Large scale electrification came into its own in the early 1990s when it rolled out to rural areas all over the country. Since then, it has become a beacon of light and hope to many and a signpost of progress – but has it achieved its goals? (Part one of this article, published in the previous edition of Energize, covered the beginnings of South Africa’s electrification programme. Part two deals with the period from the year 2000).

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