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Journal of Energy in Southern Africa

versión On-line ISSN 2413-3051
versión impresa ISSN 1021-447X


BEKKER, B; GAUNT, C T; EBERHARD, A  y  MARQUARD, A. Uncertainties within South Africa's goal of universal access to electricity by 2012. J. energy South. Afr. [online]. 2008, vol.19, n.2, pp.4-13. ISSN 2413-3051.

The South African President in 2004 stated the policy goal of universal access to electricity by 2012. This goal requires a significant adjustment of annual connection targets and electrification budgets, based on accurate knowledge of the number of electrified and non-electrified households in South Africa. Published data on the state of electrification, however, varies widely, with reported proportions of households electrified in 2005 varying from 57% to 80%. In addition, apparent discrepancies of tens of thousands of connections exist between annual new connection rates reported in different official publications. Different definitions of Universal Access further impact strategic planning. This paper explores these uncertainties in relation to South Africa's goal of Universal Access by 2012 by focusing on the availability and accuracy of South African electrification data, and the definitions, targets and electrification budgets associated with Universal Access.

Palabras clave : Universal access; electrification; connections; targets; uncertainty; households.

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