Statistics South Africa
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According to 2012 estimates, 9,5 million consumer units were receiving electricity from municipalities in South Africa, and 2,2 million (23,2%) consumer units had free basic electricity.
Western Cape showed the highest proportion of consumer units that benefited from the free basic electricity policy (43,6%), followed by Mpumalanga (38,6%) and Northern Cape (42,8%). Gauteng showed the lowest proportion (9,9%), followed by KwaZulu-Natal (13,8%).
Fluctuations between 2011 and 2012 are due to the change in the mechanisms used by municipalities to roll out such services, from broad-based to either self-targeting, technical or geographical mechanisms.