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About the Eskom group

Eskom is South Africa’s primary electricity supplier and is wholly owned by the South African government. In total, it generates and distributes about 95% of electricity used in South Africa and about 40% of electricity used on the continent

Nature of the business and client base

Eskom generates, transmits and distributes electricity to industrial, mining, commercial, agricultural and residential customers in South Africa, and to municipalities, who in turn redistributes electricity to businesses and households within their areas. It also purchases electricity from independent power producers (IPPs) in terms of various agreement schemes as well as electricity generating facilities beyond the country’s borders.

Eskom operates 27 power stations with a total nominal capacity of 41 995MW, comprising 35 726MW of coal-fired stations, 1 860MW of nuclear, 2 409MW of gas-fired, 2 000MW hydroand pumped-storage stations as well as the 3MW wind farm at Klipheuwel. The company also maintains more than 359 337km of power lines and substations with a cumulative capacity of 232 179MVA.

Eskom is building new power stations and major power lines to meet South Africa’s energy demand. This capacity expansion programme will be completed in 2019/20. To ensure that Eskom is able to meet demand and create the space for crucial infrastructure maintenance while new generating capacity is being built, it runs a range of demand-management and energy-efficiency programmes.

Eskom sold 217 903GWh of electricity to about 800 municipalities in bulk, 3 000 industrial customers, 1 000 mining customers,
50 000 commercial customers and 84 000 agricultural customers in 2013/14. It also supplied electricity to more than 5.1 million residential customers. The figure for residential users includes prepaid customers.