Eskom generates approximately 95% of the electricity used in South Africa and approximately 45% of the electricity used in Africa. Eskom generates, transmits and distributes electricity to industrial, mining, commercial, agricultural and residential customers and redistributors. Additional power stations and major power lines are being built to meet rising electricity demand in South Africa. Eskom will continue to focus on improving and strengthening its core business of electricity generation, transmission, trading and distribution.
Eskom buys electricity from and sells electricity to the countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC). The future involvement in African markets outside South Africa (that is the SADC countries connected to the South African grid and the rest of Africa) is limited to those projects that have a direct impact on ensuring security of supply for South Africa.
Mandate, Vision, Mission, Strategy
To provide sustainable electricity solutions to grow the economy and improve the quality of life of the people in South Africa and the region.
• Eskom needs to transition to being a business and market driven organisation in order to protect the revenue stream and achieve growth which secures an appropriate return on Eskom’s infrastructure and other investments.
• Environmental compliance is critical to ensuring that Eskom maintains its licence to operate, keeps the lights on and meets its “zero harm” mandate.
• Eskom is committed to the building of a sustainable skills base not only internally but also for the communities in which Eskom operates.
• Eskom’s Integrated Socio-Economic Development (SED) Strategy provides for an integrated approach to defining, measuring and reporting on socioeconomic development activities across Eskom to ensure value is delivered.
• Eskom is pursuing a number of specific actions to safeguard and improve its reputation. This is to protect existing customer bases (and ensure our sustainability) and to ensure stakeholder alignment.