Zimbabwe to rely on imports as Kariba set to stop power generation by October

Zimbabwe to rely on imports as Kariba set to stop power generation by October 1

HARARE – Imports are the only short-term solution to ending Zimbabwe’s power crisis as receding water levels at the main hydro-power plant continue to curtail generation, an official said on Monday. Zimbabwe has faced an acute power deficit since May, largely induced by a drought which has forced power utility ZESA to more than halve production from Kariba, and frequent breakdowns at its old thermal power station in Hwange. So serious have the shortages been that power utility, ZESA Holdings introduced power cuts lasting up to 18 hours a day.…

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A fiery end: ZESA cables thief is caught out by power restoration

A fiery end: ZESA cables thief is caught out by power restoration 3

BULAWAYO – Residents of Burnside suburb in Bulawayo woke up to a strange sight overhead: a dead man suspended on ZESA electricity cables. The unidentified man is suspected to be a copper cables thief electrocuted after power was restored unexpectedly on Thursday night. His body was not discovered until sunrise. Theft of copper cables – already a perennial problem in Zimbabwe – is very high during load shedding which sometimes lasts up to 18 hours daily. The Bulawayo Fire Brigade and ZESA engineers worked for almost an hour to bring…

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Power supply to improve after Eskom agrees to payment plan

Power supply to improve after Eskom agrees to payment plan 5

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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Zesa workers stumble on human remains in Mzilikazi

Zesa workers stumble on human remains in Mzilikazi 6

On Jul 31, 2019 16,877 By Kudzai Chikiwa Remains of an unidentified person were yesterday found in a bushy area in Mzilikazi suburb near St Columbus High School. Inspector Abednico Ncube Zesa workers stumbled on the skeleton while they were replacing stolen copper cables in the bushy area behind Bulawayo City Council nursery. They alerted their superiors who reported the matter to the police. “We were replacing stolen copper cables with new ones when we stumbled on the bones. It appears as if the person died a long time ago…

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Kariba restricted to 358MW… as live dam water drops to 24pc

Kariba restricted to 358MW… as live dam water drops to 24pc 7

By Golden Sibanda State power utility, Zesa, needs to strictly adhere to a tight prescribed water ration that allows it to generate an average of 358 megawatts at Kariba to avoid depleting Kariba Dam following revelations the reservoir is left with only 24 percent of water usable for power generation. Kariba Dam Wall The situation at the world’s largest man-made dam is critical and Zesa needs to strike a power import deal with South Africa’s Eskom by September to avoid tipping over an already precarious power situation in the country.…

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Sounding hollow all the time: big companies rubbish Mnangagwa’s ‘open for business’ slogan

Sounding hollow all the time: big companies rubbish Mnangagwa’s ‘open for business’ slogan 8

HARARE – At nearly every public gathering, Zimbabweans have heard the same refrain from President Emmerson Mnangagwa: “Zimbabwe is open for business.” But after three major companies told of the ruin wrought on their businesses by Zimbabwe’s power cuts lasting up to 18 hours daily, never has a slogan sounded so hollow. Blamed by power utility ZESA on low water levels at Kariba, the dam that supplies the biggest hydro plant, the electricity cuts add more pressure on an economy hurt by a devastating drought and cyclone this year. With…

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Corrupt ZESA management blocked Econet plan to solve power crisis: Masiyiwa

Corrupt ZESA management blocked Econet plan to solve power crisis: Masiyiwa 10

In the wake of a power shutdown, and a failure by Econet generators to immediately kick-in on July 20 which led to massive disruption, Econet founder Strive Masiyiwa shared his frustrations over Zimbabwe’s perennial power deficit which he says could have been solved over a decade ago if the government had not frustrated his company. In the article published on Facebook with the title, ‘Why I hate corruption!’, Masiyiwa said: IN about 2007, as Zimbabwe lurched into hyperinflation, and foreign currency disappeared, our local management were faced with a big,…

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Econet blames power outages after network goes down, causing massive disruption

Econet blames power outages after network goes down, causing massive disruption 12

HARARE – Millions of Econet customers faced utter disruption on Saturday after a power-related fault left them unable to make phone calls, use data services or make electronic payments. Services were disrupted just before 10AM and were not restored until 4PM. The disruption the downtime brought once again illustrated Zimbabwe’s dependence on the country’s biggest mobile phone network which enjoys a near monopoly on electronic payments with its EcoCash service. With very limited Zimbabwe dollars in circulation, over 90 percent of transactions in Zimbabwe are completed on electronic platforms, which…

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Elton Mangoma trial starts, PRAZ chief says he flouted tender procedures

Elton Mangoma trial starts, PRAZ chief says he flouted tender procedures 14

HARARE – The trial of former energy minister Elton Mangoma got underway in Harare on Thursday with a state witness accusing him of bypassing procedures in a US$3 million tender. Mangoma, who joined the government when the MDC went into a coalition government with Zanu PF in 2009, is facing charges of criminal abuse of office. Procurement Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (PRAZ) CEO Nyasha Chizu said Mangoma awarded Techpro Private Limited of South Korea a 2011 tender for the supply of switch gears for state power utility, ZESA, without going…

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No quick fix for Zimbabwe’s power shortages, but we must act now

No quick fix for Zimbabwe’s power shortages, but we must act now 16

LOAD shedding is perhaps the most topical issue in Zimbabwe with power going off at 5.30am and coming back 11PM. The result has been an introduction of additional inefficiencies into an already bleeding economy. Man hours are being lost while costs increase as desperate businesses turn to generators, if they can find the diesel. The great worry is that there appears not to be a solution in sight. Kariba is constrained by falling water levels with just 27 percent of usable water compared to 86 percent this time last year.…

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