ENERGY ACCESS

Since 1994 South Africa has introduced many laudable and strong pro-poor policies, notably an impressive electrification and housing programme. We are now 87% electrified compared to 36% in 1996. Despite this, we have not reached the goal of universal access. If the country is to achieve a reduction in energy poverty and reach its goal of 100% electrification, policy and regulatory frameworks, and resources to support energy service delivery and implementation, need to be reviewed.

Energy Access

Since 1994 South Africa has introduced many laudable and strong pro-poor policies, notably an impressive electrification and housing programme. We are now 87% electrified compared to 36% in 1996. Despite this, we have not reached the goal of universal access. If the country is to achieve a reduction in energy poverty and reach its goal of 100% electrification, policy and regulatory frameworks, and resources to support energy service delivery and implementation, need to be reviewed.

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Free Basic Electricity Policy

This policy was introduced in 2003 to enable poor households to afford the use of electricity. It allows indigent households 50 kWh of free electricity per month in order to meet basic energy needs. (Department of Minerals and Energy, 2003)

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