South Africa Electricity Access 1996-2021

Access to electricity is the percentage of population with access to electricity. Electrification data are collected from industry, national surveys and international sources.
  • South Africa electricity access for 2019 was 85.00%, a 0.3% increase from 2018.
  • South Africa electricity access for 2018 was 84.70%, a 0.3% increase from 2017.
  • South Africa electricity access for 2017 was 84.40%, a 0.2% increase from 2016.
  • South Africa electricity access for 2016 was 84.20%, a 1.1% decline from 2015.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name % of Population
Bulgaria 100.00%
Kazakhstan 100.00%
Montenegro 100.00%
Russia 100.00%
St. Vincent and the Grenadines 100.00%
Azerbaijan 100.00%
Jordan 100.00%
North Macedonia 100.00%
Romania 100.00%
Tuvalu 100.00%
Armenia 100.00%
China 100.00%
Fiji 100.00%
Paraguay 100.00%
Turkey 100.00%
Albania 100.00%
Ecuador 100.00%
Iraq 100.00%
Mexico 100.00%
Iran 100.00%
Maldives 100.00%
Nauru 100.00%
Dominican Republic 100.00%
Belarus 100.00%
Dominica 100.00%
Malaysia 100.00%
Bosnia 100.00%
Lebanon 100.00%
Mauritius 100.00%
Venezuela 100.00%
Turkmenistan 99.90%
Thailand 99.90%
Brazil 99.80%
Cuba 99.80%
Serbia 99.80%
Colombia 99.77%
Costa Rica 99.71%
St. Lucia 99.55%
Algeria 99.50%
Jamaica 99.38%
Samoa 99.20%
Tonga 98.40%
Peru 98.35%
Suriname 97.89%
Marshall Islands 97.44%
Guatemala 95.72%
Grenada 95.43%
Belize 92.72%
Guyana 92.02%
Gabon 90.69%
South Africa 85.00%
Botswana 70.18%
Libya 68.53%
Equatorial Guinea 66.59%
Namibia 55.20%
South Africa Electricity Access - Historical Data
Year % of Population Annual Change
2019 85.00% 0.30%
2018 84.70% 0.30%
2017 84.40% 0.20%
2016 84.20% -1.10%
2015 85.30% -0.70%
2014 86.00% 0.80%
2013 85.20% -0.10%
2012 85.30% 1.70%
2011 83.60% 0.70%
2010 82.90% 0.30%
2009 82.60% 0.70%
2008 81.90% -0.10%
2007 82.00% 1.30%
2006 80.70% -0.10%
2005 80.80% -0.10%
2004 80.90% 2.10%
2003 78.80% 2.10%
2002 76.70% 6.50%
2001 70.20% -2.05%
2000 72.25% 1.57%
1999 70.68% 5.78%
1998 64.90% -3.62%
1997 68.52% 10.92%
1996 57.60% 10.92%