Eskom: Kusile to help increase electrification target

The power utility connected the first unit of the power station to the national grid for the first time on Monday evening.

Eskom's Kusile power station. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom’s interim group chief executive Matshela Koko says that connecting the Kusile power station to other stations will enable the power utility to increase its electrification target to over 200,000 households by end of March next year.

The power utility connected the first unit of the power station to the national grid for the first time on Monday evening.

The power supplier has encouraged businesses to invest in the country’s economy, because the availability of electricity is no longer a constraint to the growth of the economy.

The utility says that the move will add an extra 800 megawatts to further stabilise the power system to support South Africa’s economic growth and the roll-out of the electrification programme.

Eskom’s Khulu Phasiwe explains: “Between now and the six-month period it will be tested to ensure it meets all the quality tests. Once we are happy it will be formally commissioned and operational.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)