Eskom said on Friday that about 35,000 more households in the Eastern Cape had been connected to the electricity grid.
This follows Eskom’s quest to achieve universal access by 2020.
In a statement, Eskom’s Group Executive for Distribution, Mongezi Ntsokolo, said the new connections in the Eastern Cape were mostly within the rural areas of the province that had never experienced electricity before.
“For the first time in their lives a candle or paraffin light will now be something of the past as they will be able to get lighting from a flick of a switch.
“We have intensified our implementation programme throughout the country, and we intend achieving an additional 15,000 new connections in the Eastern Cape before the end of the financial year on March 31. We have connected over 94,000 new households in the province over the past three financial years and the journey continues,” said Ntsokolo.
Ntsokolo added: “Eskom continues to contribute towards the socio-economic developmental goals of the country by intensifying its electrification delivery programme to respond to the historic backlog in the affected provinces. Changing the lives of our communities is what drives our daily operations. The message to those who are not yet connected is simple: We are coming.”
New electricity connections have been effected in the following areas of the Eastern Cape: Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality; Ntabankulu; Mbizana; Umzimvubu; Matatiele; King Sabatha Dalindyebo; Mhlontlo; Nyandeni; Port St John; Ingquza Hill; Senqu; Elundini; Sakhisizwe; Engcobo; Emalahleni; Intsika Yethu; Enoch Mgijima; Raymond Mhlaba; Ngqushwa; Amahlathi; Mnquma; Mbhashe; Koukamma; Sundays River Valley; and Makana.
– African News Agency