The lives of a Limpopo family, and of three orphaned children and a 79-year-old pensioner have improved dramatically since the Blouberg municipality turned their lights on.
The Molokwane family applied for electricity in 2002 but were given the runaround.
Grace Molokwane and her orphaned grandchildren had to use firewood for cooking and candles to light up their home.
The eldest of the children, Prudence, a grade 11 pupil, said she was always late for school because she had to gather wood in the veld near their home and prepare food for her grandmother and siblings every morning.
"But now I will get to school on time because we have electricity that makes life so much more convenient," she said.
"Thanks to the Blouberg municipality I feel like a young girl again," the elated grandmother said.
" I thought I would die before tasting some of the fruits of freedom."
Blouberg municipality's communications manager Nonhlanhla Mashele said 122 villages had been provided with electricity since 2006.