Academy of Entrepreneurship Journal (Print ISSN: 1087-9595; Online ISSN: 1528-2686)

Abstract

Socioeconomic Implications of Energy Poverty in South African Poor Rural Households

Author(s): Kola Olusola Odeku,Edson Meyer

Energy is vital to human existence and as such, all sources of modern energy are significant in driving socioeconomic activities of households for domestic or entrepreneurship purposes. However, resource-poor rural households in South Africa are so poor to the extent that they cannot afford to buy or source for modern energy for their various needs and uses. It is against the backdrop of this lack of access to modern energy that this article examines the potential danger of lack of access to modern day energy services and its implication for resource-poor households. The article also looks at the benefits of having access to modern energy and the challenges being encountered in providing modern energy services to the resource-poor and proffers potential solutions to these challenges.