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National Energy Act, 2008 (Act No. 34 of 2008)

Chapter 2 : Energy Supply, Optimisation and Utilisation

5. Energy access by households


1) The Minister must adopt measures that provide for the universal access to appropriate forms of energy or energy services for all the people of the Republic at affordable prices.


2) The measures contemplated in subsection (1) must take into account—
a) the safety, health and environmental suitability of such energy;
b) the availability of energy resources;
c) the optimisation of existing energy infrastructure;
d) the need for new infrastructure;
e) the provision of information and training regarding energy and its optimal utilisation;
f) the sustainability of the energy provision;
g) affordability;
h) cost-effectiveness;
i) the State's commitment to provide free basic electricity to poor households; and
j) appropriate governance procedures for government sponsored programmes as prescribed by the Public Finance Management Act.