Three million homes without power

2012-03-06 20:22

Cape Town - Over three million households in South Africa have no electricity, an energy department official said on Tuesday.

Kwazulu-Natal was the hardest hit at 24% of households, with Gauteng and the 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, over 5.4 million households had been electrified.

  • Adil Smit - 2012-03-06 20:34

    Go solar

      Sean - 2012-03-06 21:49

      They will steal all the solar panels !!

  • Sean - 2012-03-06 20:35

    ``Since the advent of democracy in 1994, over 5.4 million households had been electrified`` How many more houses are there since 1994 ?? Bunch of f@cken idiots !!!

      braamc - 2012-03-06 20:53

      @Sean, I love your comments

      goyougoodthing - 2012-03-06 22:09

      They also forgot to mention how many has subsequently been disconnected for non-payment. More than have been put in. That was Telkom's issue too.

  • Morne - 2012-03-06 20:47

    Well who's to blame? The ANC for poor governance!

      Makatikamusona - 2012-03-06 20:50

      No, Obviously apartheid. But the government is moving at a faster pace

      Morne - 2012-03-06 20:56

      18 years down the line and still 3mil people without electricity! Yes they are moving at a faster pace, in stealing the money that suppose to go to service delivery!

      Morne - 2012-03-06 20:58

      I dont give a sh#t who governs the country, what is important is that they do what they suppose to do and that is making a better SA for everyone!

      Morne - 2012-03-06 21:16

      Makatika, im not saying that they are not delivering to the people, what im saying is that are doing a poor job of it! Yes, i agree with you apartheid (certain white people) did not do much for the black people, but times has changed and SA is a democracy now, which means we all are equal! You can not correct the past, but you can shape the future for SA that will benefit everyone.

      Sean - 2012-03-06 21:32

      @makatika- So apartheid is to blame that YOUR LEADERS stuff this country up and steal all the money !! No wonder this country is going down , just look at you lame and primitive mentality !!

      Morne - 2012-03-06 21:41

      How many people live in a house? Say an average of 4 per house, which is 12mil people,which accounts for about 1/5 of housing without electricity. Does the picture look abit different now? The people who suffers the most are the rural people, where there are hardly any development. The government has let these rural people down in many aspects!

  • Leon - 2012-03-06 20:49

    Can Eishkom supply more free electricity?

  • braamc - 2012-03-06 20:52

    30 million are stealing electricity, and for the rest the BEE bunch steal the money at Eskom. Let them have nothing until they learn to pay and stop stealing - this message to Poloni and racist Irukandji troll

      Makatikamusona - 2012-03-06 21:11

      Stealing what? I heard farmers are stealing water as well, we must start investing them for electricity as well

      Francois - 2012-03-06 21:37

      Makatika, please be a responsible citizen and go and lay the charges at the police. The minister of energy said the exact same thing last year and had to withdraw her statement and apologise. Thus if you have evidence of any crime of any nature, please go and report it. Everyone that is paying, hates a thief, disregarding what he or she is stealing, water, electricity, tax, food... Be a good citizen and see to it that there is more for all the honest people and go and report it and please give us feedback.

  • George - 2012-03-06 21:04

    Thats not bad at all taking into account who pays for it

  • Mikkel - 2012-03-06 21:07

    And around 2.8million of these people vote for the ANC. Suffer bitches till you vote for the RIGHT party which is DA.Equal rights of EVERYONE not just for Whites/Blacks ETC.

  • Gerry - 2012-03-06 21:25

    OMG. Since '94... 5.4 million households electrified. And? Was there ANY plan in place to increase/upgrade power stations to compensate??? Like Koeberg, built looong ago and not upgraded to allow for growth. EISH.

      jarrod - 2012-03-06 21:32

      I am all for ALL having access to their basic human rights but the next huge problem will be our water infrastructure. You cant keep on adding houses and not upgrade water, electricity, sewage, roads etc . I think the powers that be must first practise on pc games how to run a country before trying their hands on the real thing. Edit: That is if they can turn a PC on.......

      Sean - 2012-03-06 21:52

      We are roughly only 12 million more people than in 1994 !!

  • Lacrimose - 2012-03-06 21:55

    Some stats to put this into perspective (source, 2009 in Africa overall access to electrification - 587 million without access. Of which, North Africa 2million without access, sub-Saharan Africa 585 million without. Of that 585 million, we have 3million without (in 2009). My math stands to be corrected here but that is slightly less than 0.6% of the whole sub-Saharan region. Yes we can do better. But so can the whole sub-Saharan region.

  • DuToitCoetzee - 2012-03-06 22:10

    If I am correct we can sort this problem out in a year...or maybe a bit longer. Ave of R 10 000 per house = R 30 bill. that gets missing, misused or wrongly spend every year. Yes, I know it will cost more per house to supply in the country side, but it should be less in the dense towns.( This is now if prices are not loaded as usual.) Even with wrong calculation, from my side, it can be done in 2 to 3 years. With those monies, that are missing for a few consecutive years, it could have been done already. My question is where we going to get the power from.

  • Rob - 2012-03-06 22:20

    Too many people already stretching existing resources. What will the population be in 2020? Where will the resources come from? Never mind the hot air about planning to electrify a few more houses, will the plan keep up with the population. I doubt it? SO WHAT IS BEING DONE TO MANAGE AND REDUCE THE POPULATION GROWTH??

      comurray - 2012-03-07 08:50

      NOTHING of course, there are about 3 born every minute so in 1 years time the population should have increased considerably. Under the conditions we experience here there will never ever be sufficient electricity to satisfy everybody.

  • Tim - 2012-03-07 06:25


      comurray - 2012-03-07 08:54

      Why should they over exert themselve by leaning over to flick the street light switch. Another point is they can turn on a water tap, however have never been taught how to turn it off to stop water flow, that is somebody elses job.

  • Barry - 2012-03-07 08:37

    5.4 million electrified, 5 million unable to pay the bills because there is no employment. ANC did a good job.

  • David - 2012-03-07 09:13

    Let's close down more businesses so these houses can be electrified. Eish, ama too cleva neh!

  • ludlowdj - 2012-03-07 09:20

    Going solar is the only rational choice for the private home owner, relying or being forced to rely on a failed government and a monopoly supplier will only result in eternal dependency and indebtedness to the two entities you really don't want to have to deal with.

  • Andries - 2012-03-07 10:23

    Will our power grid be able to handle that much electricity if they reach their goal of 92% households who have access to electricity by 2015?

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