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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: The Guardian by Kimon de Greef.]

Electricity costs have tripled in the past decade under a utility company plagued by debt and corruption claims, wiping out decades of progress.

Electricity, when it arrived in Nosisi Rasmeni’s life, seemed to promise a better future.

Like most black South Africans who grew up during apartheid, she was raised with gas stoves, candles and paraffin heaters. Her family’s shack was poorly lit and smelled of fumes. “Electricity was only for whites,” says Rasmeni, 37.

This changed when the African National Congress took office in 1994 and began a sweeping programme of service delivery. Within a few years, Rasmeni’s neighbourhood in Khayelitsha, an informal settlement on the outskirts of Cape Town, had been hooked to the grid.

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South Africa at a Glance
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