Half of KZN still not electrified

2010-12-10 12:23

Durban - KwaZulu-Natal is the least electrified province in South Africa, with about 50% of it not connected to the grid, the province's co-operative governance MEC said on Friday.

“The backlogs on electricity services are still enormous and most households still do not have access to electricity,” 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 un-electrified - 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 firewood and LPG.”

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

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

  • Grant Wright - 2010-12-10 12:57

    The ANC is in charge of the province so it should not suprise anybody.

  • WhyLikeThis - 2010-12-10 13:08

    But let's spend millions on youth party, makes a lot of sense.

  • Carolyn - 2010-12-10 13:34

    Well they are giving the youth movement R40 million for a party,and another R18 million for the football so why not combine the money and use it for what is needed, No they just want to party and have millions of fun while others suffer.

  • Bheki - 2010-12-10 13:53

    It is not a basic right to the people of KZN, even toilets are non-existence. I am deeply surprise by the people of Western Cape who demand toilets that the people of KZN doesn't have. The President has just spent a billion in Cuba which should have been used for electrification in KZN or reduce my electricity bill- this was done without the approval of the taxpayer.

      Reason - 2010-12-10 14:58

      The only reason why they are protesting in the Western Cape is because it is DA controlled - it's a "do as I say and not as I do" situation - the ANC does not care about the poor - they're like foreigners who do not speak the same language

  • pop101 - 2010-12-10 14:14

    Ask Andreas Späth how to resolve this.

  • Mr.Glum - 2010-12-10 14:16

    Maybe the anc government can get the Cubans to come and connect them.

  • cervezab - 2010-12-10 15:06

    then at least half of the people in KZN are still lucky enough to enjoy a beautiful starlit sky

  • Rijger - 2010-12-10 15:11

    Damn, I must be really stupid. Can someone please explain to me how in hell is it that Eishcom can barely supply existing users with enough electricity as it is without having to resort to power outages, but you still want to connect more users to the grid? Is it not reasonable to first expect the powers that be to first create the supply and then start dishing it out? Hell, I also want some of what these people are smoking, it must be very potent indeed.

      cervezab - 2010-12-10 17:28

      "the powers that be" :)

  • Phindile - 2010-12-10 15:20

    Its a depressing fact that development progress in rural KZN is on a snail speed, yet the counsellors & responsible bodies are comfortable having all their basic needs met. Alot of old age people dont even have toilets let alone clean water & electricity. ANC please shape up!

  • Sedick - 2010-12-10 16:39

    50% not electrified!!!!, but we spent R7Billion+ on an Airport that was not needed, R3b+ on a stadium that was not needed, tens of millions on residences for Zuma and clan, tens of millions on the "Zulu Royal Family Residences", corruption in KZN in the billions..........VIVA ANC, VIVA CADRES, VIVA ZUMA,

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