Access to energy remains a dominant challenge in Sub Saharan Africa. By excluding the regional hegemon South Africa, only 28% of the total continental population has access to electricity. Significant differences are observed with regard to energy access in various regions. While North Africa claims 99% access, the situation in southern Africa remains more dramatic with only 30.5% access. The latest Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) Annual Report to March 2014 reports the average electrification level in the SAPP region as 36%. Within the SADC region there is a wide variation among countries. Botswana, for instance, commands one of the higher rates of electrification with 47%; in stark contrast to this is the DRC and Malawi with respective electrification rates of on just 10%.
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