South Africa: Access to electricity

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 South Africa

Access to electricity, percent of the population

 Latest value 89.30
 Year 2021
 Measure percent
 Data availability 1996 - 2021
 Average 79.82
 Min - Max 57.60 - 90.00
 Source The World Bank
For that indicator, we provide data for South Africa from 1996 to 2021. The average value for South Africa during that period was 79.82 percent with a minimum of 57.6 percent in 1996 and a maximum of 90 percent in 2020. The latest value from 2021 is 89.3 percent. For comparison, the world average in 2021 based on 196 countries is 86.41 percent. See the global rankings for that indicator or use the country comparator to compare trends over time.
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Recent values chart
South Africa - Access to electricity - Recent values chart

Historical chart
South Africa - Access to electricity - historical chart - 1996-2021




Definition: Access to electricity is the percentage of population with access to electricity. Electrification data are collected from industry, national surveys and international sources.

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