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An additional 1.6 million homes will be connected to the electricity grid over the next five years

  • When made: January 2014

  • Where made: Party manifesto

  • In 2014 – when the ANC made this promise – close to 12.8 million households had access to mains electricity, according to Statistics South Africa’s General Household Survey.

This increased by 1.3 million households to 14.1 million in 2018 (the latest available data).

The mineral resources and energy department (formerly the department of energy) said 1,285,178 homes were connected to the grid between April 2014 and March 2019. 

Spokesperson Thandiwe Maimane previously explained the difference between the two sets of numbers: “Stats SA has its own methodology, which is statistically based compared with our actual reported numbers based on projects we fund and monitor.”

Number of homes connected to grid electricity in South Africa
Financial year Number of grid connections
2014/15 233,455
2015/16 231,012
2016/17 301,976
2017/18 275,830
2018/19 242,905 (provisional)
Total 1,285,178

Source: Department of mineral resources and energy

The numbers for the first four years are from the energy department’s annual reports. The number of connections installed from April 2018 to March 2019 is provisional. The confirmed number will be published in its annual report, which the department said was being finalised at the time of writing.

The provisional total for the five years is 314,822 short (20%) of the promised 1.6 million additional households. The ANC has therefore broken its promise. 

The party did not respond to requests for comment. – Africa Check, August 2019

Note: The ANC’s 2014 manifesto was released on 11 January and the election held on 7 May. Government reporting keeps to financial years. We tracked the party’s five-year progress in keeping its promises from 1 April 2014, the start of the 2014/15 financial year, to 31 March 2019, the end of the 2018/19 financial year.

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