How to build your own electricity connection to the power grid


The huge demand for new electricity connections in the business sector caused a backlog in infrastructure delivery at Eskom in the past and, resulting in longer waiting periods for some customers. Having now addressed the backlog, and committed to facilitating faster connections going forward, Eskom has an option that allows new and existing business customers the option to self-build an electricity connection to the national power grid with the help of Eskom-approved contractors, service providers and suppliers.

Providing customers with a solution to more effectively manage their electricity demand requirements, the self-build option enables customers to:

  • Control the timing and, to a greater extent, the cost of their connection
  • Get access to electricity much faster
  • Increase production much quicker by switching on and powering new or expanded business operations much earlier

Facilitating connectivity to the national power grid is a measure to help increase output and stimulate economic growth. This will, as a consequence, lead to an increase in electricity sales and ultimately allow a reduction in the unit cost of electricity to the benefit of all customers.

Eskom considers all business applications for self-build projects, irrespective of the size of supply requested.

Business customers need to sign a self-build agreement in addition to an electricity supply agreement with Eskom. They then appoint an Eskom-accredited contractor to ensure that the correct equipment is used and the quality of work adheres to Eskom standards and specifications. This is very important as the installation needs to meet all safety criteria.

Detailed information on self-building an electricity connection is available at – click on “Customer Care” followed by “New and additional power supply” in the drop-down menu.

The following documentation can be downloaded on the website:

  • Eskom’s Self-build Standard Document
  • Application form
  • Steps to complete the application form
  • Steps to commence and complete a self-build project

“The self-build option is available to any business in the commercial, industrial and agricultural sectors. Customers should apply to self-build connection infrastructure at the time when they apply for a new electricity connection or an upgrade in supply or a change in connection, such as a line deviation”, comments Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe.



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Thabo Mphahlele is the BizNis Africa Head of Sales and Marketing. Mphahlele was previously MultiChoice Production Support Analyst responsible for developing and monitoring applications. In addition, Mphahlele develops and automates batch scripts and is responsible for the daily infrastructure maintenance at MultiChoice. As a Production Support Analyst, he is responsible for incident analysis solving , developing and constructing business reports for SQL and Oracle and implement change controls for the business. Additional responsibility includes monitoring system performance via SOA, Kibaba (Elasticsearch), H.P BSM, HP Sitescope. Mphahlele is responsible for creating infrastructure performance reports through HP Ops Analytics, monitoring payments via Splunk and in-house built-in tool and disaster recovery simulation and testing. At Nashua Mobile, he was responsible for application development and enhancing the web sites At South West Gauteng College, he was the IT Technician and Network Administrator. During his tenure at Double Digit Media, he was he focused on application and web site development for new and existing clients Mphahlele contributes as a Content Manager for BizNis Africa.

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