NuRa in Kwazulu-Natal
In South Africa, FRES delivers energy to households and small companies via the company NuRa.
The head office is located in Mkuze in Kwazulu-Natal, which is one of the least developed provinces in the country. Approximately 70% of the population in this region does not have access to electricity.
South Africa (1,219,912 km²) has over 50 million inhabitants, of which 50% lives in poverty due to extreme differences in income and a high level of unemployment. The country holds the 118th position on the most recent Human Development Index of the UNDP.
Access to electricity in South-Africa
Of all inhabitants, about 75% has access to electricity. The political situation in the country is generally stable, but there was a lot of political jostling as elections approached in 2014. Non-grid electrification programmes in South Africa may be used as an election campaign pawn.
Facts & figures
|Products and services||SHS & LPG|
|Number of customers||18,065|
|Number of sales points||9|
|Number of employees||96|
|Michelle Makoni||Interim General Manager|
|Joop Lasseur||Board member (on behalf of NUON)|
|Bart Blokland||Board member (on behalf of REESET)|
Mr. Sduduze Mathenjwa works in a grocery shop at Emajwayiza. His view on the impact of FRES:
‘Because of the lighting in the shop the period of trading is extended from sunset to 9pm. We can help more customers and make more revenue. Otherwise we would use a generator and candles. Generator costs are high and candles have a low lighting efficacy and pose a greater risk for fires.’