Zesa scales down load-shedding

Zesa scales down load-shedding 1

By Yeukai Karengezeka Zesa Holdings has downgraded load-shedding from Stage Two to Stage One after it started receiving 400MW from Eskom of South Africa last Thursday, an official has said. ZESA Megawatt HQ in Harare Zesa will now cut off power during the morning and evening peak hours. The peak hours are 5am to 10am and 5pm to 10pm and are largely predictable and easy to plan for. Related Articles This comes after Government made arrangements with the South African firm to offset its US$23 million debt by paying US$890…

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Zimbabwe secures more electricity imports in bid to ease power outages

Zimbabwe secures more electricity imports in bid to ease power outages 2

By MACDONALD DZIRUTWE Zimbabwe will ramp up its electricity imports over the next few weeks, potentially easing rolling power cuts, after it agreed to make payments to clear its debt to a regional power utility, a treasury official said on Monday. File picture of residents demonstrating against power utility ZESA The southern African nation has endured 18-hour daily power cuts since May as a result of a prolonged drought that has reduced output at its largest hydro plant and ageing coal-fired generators that keep breaking down. Foreign power companies also…

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Power supply to improve after Eskom agrees to payment plan

Power supply to improve after Eskom agrees to payment plan 3

By Zvamaida Murwira Electricity supplies are expected to improve significantly following a payment plan that was agreed on by Zimbabwe and South African power utility, Eskom, coupled with a US$2 million import facility through a local financial institution. Monica Mutsvangwa This was said by Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa while addressing journalists on the 27th Cabinet Decision Matrix held in Harare yesterday. She said Cabinet had agreed on a cocktail of measures that will see power supply improving. Related Articles “Modalities to operationalise the above resolutions are…

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Zimbabwe awards 100MW solar power project to graft-accused former Eskom CEO Koko

Zimbabwe awards 100MW solar power project to graft-accused former Eskom CEO Koko 4

HARARE – Zimbabwe has awarded Matshela Koko, the controversial former CEO of South African power utility, Eskom, a contract to build a 100MW solar power plant in Gwanda, Matabeleland South. In a notice dated July 17, 2019, published in local media, the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) said Koko, through his company Matshela Energy (Private) Limited, had been granted a licence to “construct, own, operate and maintain the 100 megawatt solar plant called Matshela Energy – Gwanda Timber Farm Solar Power Plant… for the purposes of generation and supply of…

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Minister Chasi in SA for power talks

Minister Chasi in SA for power talks 6

By Farirai Machivenyika Energy and Power Development Minister Fortune Chasi is in South Africa to finalise an electricity imports deal with Eskom as Government moves to reduce power shortages that are adversely affecting the country. Energy and Power Development Minister Advocate Fortune Chasi Minister Chasi’s trip to South Africa follows fruitful discussions between President Mnangagwa and his South African counterpart President Cyril Ramaphosa. The two leaders met on the sidelines of the African Union (AU) Extraordinary Summit on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) held in Niger from July…

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Eskom confirms Zesa US$10m payment

Eskom confirms Zesa US$10m payment 7

BY Nkululeko Sibanda South Africa’s power utility, Eskom has finally confirmed receiving the US$10 million payment made by the Zimbabwean government towards a long-standing debt owed for the supply of electricity to Zimbabwe. Energy and Power Development Minister Advocate Fortune Chasi Zesa reportedly owes Eskom US$33 million, and the South African power utility had requested that it pays at least US$10 million to consider resuming power exports. Eskom spokesperson Dikatso Mothae told NewsDay yesterday that the money reflected in the power utility’s account yesterday. Related Articles “We would like to…

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ZESA pays Eskom US$10m, but minister warns no guarantee imports to resume

ZESA pays Eskom US$10m, but minister warns no guarantee imports to resume 8

HARARE – Zimbabwe has finally paid US$10 million to South African power utility, Eskom, but Energy Minister Fortune Chasi warned that the part-payment of a US$33 million debt was not a guarantee that Eskom would renew power exports. Zimbabwe is currently experiencing its worst power cuts in years, caused by reduced generation at drying Lake Kariba and the unreliability of its ageing coal-powered power stations. Chasi said on June 26 that Zimbabwe had made the payment, forcing Eskom to deny that it had received such a payment. Finance Minister Mthuli…

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Chasi blames Ncube, Mangudya over Eskom gaffe

Chasi blames Ncube, Mangudya over Eskom gaffe 10

By DESMOND CHINGARANDE Energy minister Fortune Chasi has publicly apologised for the embarrassment he caused after the government misinformed the public that the State had paid a US$10 million to settle a debt with a South African power firm, Eskom. Energy and Power Development Minister Fortune Chasi (Picture by OpenParly.co.zw) Chasi announced that government had paid RTGS$20 million as part payment to clear a debt with the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority and another US$10 million to Eskom. But in a Press statement released last week, Eskom denied receiving the money…

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Eskom denies ZESA has paid US$10 million, delaying talks on power imports

Eskom denies ZESA has paid US$10 million, delaying talks on power imports 11

HARARE – South Africa’s power utility Eskom says it has not received any payment from Zimbabwe, contradicting statements by Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa and Energy Minister Fortune Chasi. The two ministers told a media briefing at the end of a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday that ZESA had paid Eskom US$10 million to bring down its debt of US$33 million. Chasi said they hoped the payment would lead to Eskom resuming power exports to Zimbabwe, which the minister said would be around 400 megawatts. But Eskom issued a statement on Friday…

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Zimbabwe targets 400MW from Eskom after paying US$10m towards debt

Zimbabwe targets 400MW from Eskom after paying US$10m towards debt 13

HARARE – Zimbabwe has paid US$10 million out of the US$33 million that it owes South Africa’s power utility Eskom and is hopeful that the payment will help to unlock more power imports from Eskom, ministers said on Wednesday. In addition, the government has cleared its ZW$20 million debt to power utility ZESA, and would soon advance another ZW$20 million which was expected to boost the firm’s power generation capacity at a time when the country is experiencing crippling power cuts due to reduced generation at Kariba. Addressing a post-cabinet…

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