South Africa
African Centre for Essential Community Services
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Project Overview

  • African Centre for Essential Community Services
  • In 1995, a consortium of U.S. utilities and a South African utility joined forces to bring their electrical know-how to improve the African quality of life
  • They formed the African Centre for Essential Community Services (CECS) to bring more electrification and electrotechnologies to Africa, particularly those that help supply clean water and improve health conditions

Public-Private Participants

Public Sector:

  • African Centre for Essential Community Services

Private Sector:

  • Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
  • Consortium of U.S. utilities
  • Eskom of Johannesburg, South Africa – Fifth-largest electric utility in the world that supplies more than half the total electricity in Africa

Lessons Learned

Energy Policies

  • A primary goal was to move EPRI technology through Eskom into Sub-Saharan Africa. The program initially focused on using electricity to improve water purification and health care. A key accomplishment included application of UV light to kill airborne tuberculosis.
  • The challenges faced by the Republic of South Africa were numerous, particularly in the effort to improve the lot of the general populace.
  • The African Centre for Essential Community Services was to be a key element in supporting the South African government objectives: electrification, adequate water supplies and improved health and health care for the citizens of South Africa.

Conclusions

Despite the extreme needs of the community and potential value of the project, it had to be discontinued about 1999 when funding sources were interrupted.

For More Information Contact:

Henry A. “Hank “ Courtright
Electric Power Research Institute
Phone: 650.255.9504
[email protected]

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