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The impact of privatisation on the electricity industry with specific reference to Gauteng

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dc.contributor.author Phaahlamohlaka, Letladi Abram
dc.date.accessioned 2008-06-20T13:46:14Z
dc.date.available 2008-06-20T13:46:14Z
dc.date.issued 2008-06-20T13:46:14Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/667
dc.description.abstract The South African economy went through drastic changes since the new democratic government took power in 1994. Different programmes were changed through the process of transition from the old apartheid regime to a new democratic government. The first programme introduced was the RDP, followed by GEAR and then ASGISA, but all these programmes were not enough to circumvent all the challenges experienced by the South African economy. This is the context within which the debate around privatization occurred in the ANC. All the programmes that were changed favoured privatization in one way or other. Through these changes privatization was one of the policies envisaged to be a possible means to address past inequalities. This thesis focuses on the impact of privatization on the electricity industry in South Africa with specific reference to Gauteng. The paper is based on the fact that Gauteng is believed to be the centre of business in South Africa. However because, competition in the South African electricity industry did not exist, this resulted in poor service delivery. The electricity industry in South Africa is divided into three sectors namely generation, transmission and distribution. Eskom controls almost the entire electricity industry from generation to distribution with a few private players here and there. The only private player in the generation sector is the Kelvin power plant, which holds almost 30 percent of the generation sector. Privatization in the South African electricity industry still has a far way to go before a desirable level of competition is achieved. In order to recommend how increased competition can be injected, the privatization of electricity in developed, developing and transitional countries such as UK, Greece, Chile, Hungary and Argentina was explored. The thesis recommends how the government can further expand privatization by learning from these countries. en
dc.description.sponsorship Mr. Arnold Wentzel en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Privatization en
dc.subject Electric utilities en
dc.subject Energy industries en
dc.subject Electric industries en
dc.subject Gauteng (South Africa) en
dc.title The impact of privatisation on the electricity industry with specific reference to Gauteng en
dc.type Thesis en

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