As a physicist by training, I tend to think in numbers. As the chief executive of Eskom, I focus on many numbers, but one number in particular – 4,3-million – has great meaning to me because that’s how many households Eskom has brought electricity access to since 1990. These new connections have brought social development and economic opportunities to many. South Africa’s approach has become a model for other countries. Yet it is precisely the scope of this success that has created new and complex challenges for our country, putting serious strain on our existing infrastructure. That is why it is more important than ever that the utility not only continues its short-term activities, but doubles its efforts to complete the longer-term new build programme, while beginning a process of changing the way this country consumes its resources… (more)