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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Zesa owes council over $135m: Mayor

Zesa owes council over $135m: Mayor 3

By Yeukai Karengezeka Harare City Council has said it is owed $135 million by Zesa Holdings and this is one of the key factors affecting service delivery. Harare mayor councillor Herbert Gomba This came out after Zesa handed over a list of its creditors to Energy and Power Development Minister Fortune Chasi. who publicly announced their names. Minister Chasi made the announcement last week during a business leaders’ meeting in the capital, where he encouraged those in the mining, commercial, agriculture, domestic and local authorities sectors to clear their debts…

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Witness nails Mangoma, former Zesa bosses

Witness nails Mangoma, former Zesa bosses 4

By Prosper Dembedza Former Minister of Energy and Power Development Elton Mangoma and Zesa Holdings officials were wrong when they approved deals worth above $500 000 without going to tender, a procurement official has told the courts. Elton Mangoma during an appearance on Nehanda TV Procurement Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (PRAZ) chief executive Mr Nyasha Chizu last week told the court that in terms of the regulations, State entities had no power to approve such figures on their own. He was testifying in the trial of Mangoma, former Zesa Holdings…

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Chasi demands Gwanda solar completion

Chasi demands Gwanda solar completion 5

Energy and Power Development Minister Fortune Chasi has demanded completion of the multi-million dollar 100 megawatts Gwanda solar project saying he wanted to see electricity being generated from the power station after Government paid US$5,1 million in tax payers’ money for its construction. Energy and Power Development Minister Fortune Chasi (right) and Minister of State for Matabeleland South Abedinico Ncube (left) view the Gwanda solar project site The energy minister also said an explanation from Zesa Holdings, the holding arm of the group’s power generation unit, on why there have…

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Load shedding to intensify — ZESA

Load shedding to intensify — ZESA 6

Power utility, Zesa Holdings, has announced that it will implement load shedding outside the official schedule following a breakdown at Hwange Power Station. File picture of residents demonstrating against power utility ZESA “Due to a technical fault at Hwange Power Station, local generation is now depressed,” Fullard Gwasira, the spokesperson of Zesa said in a tweet yesterday, adding that “load shedding is now being implemented outside the published schedule”. In an interview, Mr Gwasira said two units at the power station broke down yesterday, reducing output by about 200 megawatts.…

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Parly to summon Chasi over power outages

Parly to summon Chasi over power outages 7

Parliament will soon order Energy and Power Development Minister, Fortune Chasi to update the nation on the worsening power situation and what is being done to address it. Energy and Power Development Minister Advocate Fortune Chasi The move comes as latest data from the Zambezi River Authority (ZRA), which manages water used to produce power at the Kariba hydro-electric station, revealed that the water levels were worsening. Zimbabwe’s power utility, Zesa Holdings is currently implementing load shedding to declining power production, a situation that was made worse by low water…

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Zesa engages Eskom over debt

Zesa engages Eskom over debt 8

By Golden Sibanda Power utility Zesa Holdings will this week head to South Africa for crunch talks with fellow electricity supplier, Eskom, over a payment plan relating to a US$33 million debt for power imports. Energy and Power Development Minister Advocate Fortune Chasi This comes as Zimbabwe is facing debilitating power shortages, which have prompted crippling cuts, due to reduced generation at Kariba Dam on concerns over fast receding lake water levels. Reports say power generation water level had plummeted to 29 percent as of late last week. Related Articles…

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Probe unearths Zesa rot… minister describes audit report as ‘horrendous’ and ‘frightening’

Probe unearths Zesa rot… minister describes audit report as ‘horrendous’ and ‘frightening’ 9

By Brian Chitemba Shocking revelations of deep-seated rot and corporate malfeasance have been unearthed at the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa), where millions of United States dollars were siphoned through elaborate schemes of overpayments, purchase of obsolete equipment, luxury vehicles and accessories for the parastatal’s executives. ZESA Holdings Chief Executive Joshua Chifamba (centre), Zimbabwe Power Company Acting Managing Director Joshua Chirikuutsi (right) and ZETDC managing director Julian Chinembiri before the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Mines and Energy The findings, which are contained in a voluminous 6000-page report dated January 22…

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Zesa to pay Eskom and HCB

Zesa to pay Eskom and HCB 10

By Africa Moyo ZESA Holdings has lined up a number of stop-gap-measures, which include mobilising US$80 million to clear arrears with Eskom of South Africa and Hidroelectrica de Cahora Bassa (HCB), in bid to alleviate rolling power outages being experienced in the country. ZESA Megawatt HQ in Harare Payment of the US$80 million arrears would unlock more power imports, which have slumped significantly from 450MW to a measly 150MW due to arrears. Zimbabwe is battling electricity shortages following a sharp decline in water levels in Kariba Dam due to erratic…

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