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Electricity supply in South Africa

J. W. L. de Villiers
Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif vir Natuurwetenskap en Tegnologie | Vol 5, No 1 | a970 | DOI: | © 1986 J. W. L. de Villiers | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 17 March 1986 | Published: 17 March 1986

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J. W. L. de Villiers,, South Africa

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ESCOM, at present providing for some 95% of the electricity demand, has grown from a relatively small undertaking with a total installed capacity of less than 30 MW(e) in 1922 and a capital expenditure of R15 million during the period 1923 -1930, to a gigantic undertaking with a fixed-asset value of nearly R16 billion in 1984, a staff complement of more than 60 000 and an income of over R3 billion p.a. With an estimated capital-expansion programme of between 4 and 5 billion rand p.a., ESCOM is the largest single borrower on the local capital market and it exercises a strong influence on the economy.


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