Eskom South Africa – Eskom Limpopo Operating Unit
Limpopo is South Africa’s northern most province and borders on three countries, which make it the ideal entrance into Africa. The province is named after the great Limpopo River flowing along its northern border, rich in wildlife, spectacular scenery, and a wealth of historical and cultural treasures.
Eskom has always been part of this land and it, too, has a great history and a certain future in Limpopo. We will take you on our journey into Limpopo and the new direction we have taken in the Province.
In 2010 Eskom undertook a strategic review, which led to the restructuring of the organisation in order to be more responsive to the needs of customers. As part of the restructuring the organisation was reorganized along the political borders of the country.
From this came the birth of the Limpopo Operating Unit in 2012. The Operating Unit was in turn divided into five zones. With an ever growing demand for electricity in the province, Eskom went on to expand its horizons.
Construction on Matimba Power Station started in 1981 in Ellisras, the world’s largest dry-cooling power station, perfect for the water-scarce area. Ellisras was selected as the location due to concerns about air pollution in the Witbank area, and the large coal deposits at Grootegeluk Colliery.
May 2007, saw the dawn of a new era, with Medupi, a Greenfield coal-fired power plant project. During the clearing of the site, baobab trees and approximately twenty animals were relocated, ensuring that the environmental impact was minimised. Eskom as a responsible corporate citizen is a driving force behind the corporate social responsibility initiatives aimed at supporting Government and relevant structures in Lephalale.
The Thohoyandou Zone is rural by nature, and Eskom is making life easier for the previously disadvantaged rural communities of the Limpopo Province. After the reconstruction, they now have a total of nine Customer Network Centres, and a total of six Customer Service Hubs. Eskom is the main supplier of electricity to the Zone, which in turn has boosted the economy.
Polokwane Zone is the biggest zone in Limpopo Operating Unit, with an estimated 364 877 households that still need effective electrical supply, the future of this zone is secured. This zone consists of eights CNCs and three Customer Service Hubs. The zone is constantly growing, especially where Eskom is supplying the City through its substations.
Groblersdal Zone was established in 2011, with the demarcation of the new operating Units. Formerly part of the Mpumalanga OU it lies on the border of Mpumalanga and the Limpopo Province. The zone is situated in the Sekhukhune District; it consists of seven CNCs and four Customer Hubs. The zone is responsible for repairing and maintaining over 2000 km of cables, and has in excess of 170 000 customers.
With Eskom’s current restructuring, the number of CNCs in the Tzaneen Zone has increased from four to seven, with four Customer Service Hubs. Eskom’s electricity supply to the Tzaneen Zone has underpinned a major boost in the economy, especially in the mining, agricultural and commercial fields.
The Lephalale Zone is one of the gems in South Africa’s crown, an area of intense beauty and colour reflected in the environment. The stunning bushveld environment and diverse cultural influence give the Lephalale Zone its unique character. Eskom supplies 90% of the electricity to this zone, and there are 11 CNCs.
Eskom’s presence in the province will continue to improve the lives of the communities within the province, through continuous improvement of electricity service delivery.
As Eskom – We care about people, and the environment in which we live. Hence we strive towards continuous improvement through disciplined management of our business operations.