South Africa was one of the first countries in the world to begin generating electricity as early as the 1800s. By that I mean, South Africa had electric street lights while the UK was still using gas; that is how far ahead it was. They started off by generating electricity for mining. As time went by and oil became more expensive, South Africa found itself expanding in terms of generating power by making electricity cheaper. As the 19th century drew to a close, many white people at the remotest of farms had electricity whilst the majority of black households didn’t. When the new democratic government took over, there was more competition and there was more emphasis on the privatization of SOE’s. At that time Eskom had identified that more than 40% of all homes in South Africa and thousands of schools and clinics didn’t have access to electricity. The new government had a mission to power up over a million homes that were without electricity prior to a democratic South Africa. That was successfully achieved by the year 2000. Furthermore, The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has honoured Eskom for openness and responsiveness, by rewarding the power utility with its 2015 Golden Key award for the “Most responsive Public Body”.