ZESA has claimed that erratic power supply countrywide is not out of load shedding. Rather, the power company attributes power cuts to faults in cables.
This was revealed by Engineer Lovemore Chinaka, Zesa Southern Region Manager in a televised interview yesterday. The engineer said:
We have not introduced any load shedding in the city. However, some areas in Bulawayo are experiencing power cuts because of faults in our cables. These cable faults are the cause of power cuts and there is no load shedding in place at the moment.
Hwange Thermal and Kariba Hydropower generation stations are reported to have reduced the volumes of production thereby leaving the country with insufficient power.
Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (Zera) Research and Energy Efficiency Engineer, Tanda Chisi revealed that the country has a power supply of 1 649 megawatts (MW) against a demand of 1 675MW.
He further notes that the damage to the DC link between Hidroelectrica de Cabora Bassa (HCB) and South Africa by Cyclone Idai forced HCB to sell power to Zimbabwe at a cheaper price.
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