KZN the least electrified province

2010-12-10 11:04

KwaZulu-Natal was the least electrified province in South Africa, with about 50% of the region not connected to the grid, the province’s co-operative governance MEC said today.

“The backlogs on electricity services are still enormous and most households still do not have access to electricity,” MEC Nomusa Dube told delegates at a one-day provincial energy summit in Durban.

Dube said KwaZulu-Natal was one of the provinces lagging behind in the eradication of electricity backlogs.

“It remains the least electrified province in the country with an estimation of 47% of the province unelectrified – mainly rural areas.

“There are many rural areas that do not have access to electricity and still rely on alternative sources of energy such as fire wood and LPG (liquefied petroleum gas).”

Dube said the national co-operative governance department had indicated R8.9?billion was needed to eradicate electricity backlogs in the country.

The energy department’s director-general, Nelisiwe Magubane, said KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and Eastern Cape still had many areas not electrified since the dawn of democracy.

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