With universal access in sight, SA’s electrification drive takes on new dimensions

The integrated national electrification programme (INEP) of the Department of Energy (DoE) is set to change in scope and character as it nears its initial goals of electrifying most communities in South Africa that were not connected to the national grid. Energy Deputy Minister Thembisile Majola said in her Budget Vote speech in May that the programme – which receives a substantial portion of the DoE’s budget – would look to include a variety of energy sources as part of an energy transition, with sustainability as a core value and serving as a unifying framework to meet economic, social and environmental goals.