Three million homes without power

2012-03-06 13:19

More than three million households in South Africa have no electricity, an energy department official said today.

Kwazulu-Natal was the hardest hit at 24% of households, with Gauteng and Eastern Cape not far behind, said Integrated National Electrification Programme director Wolsey Barnard.

He said that of the 3.4 million households, two-thirds were formal and a third were informal.
Barnard was addressing reporters at the launch of energy month in Cape Town.

The department’s goal was to ensure 92% of national formal households had access to electricity by 2015. Since the advent of democracy in 1994, more than 5.4 million households had been electrified.

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