Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) recently wrote a letter to the Ministry of Energy and Power Development, asking for permission to start implementing load shedding.
The letter was written by ZETDC acting managing director Ralph Katsande, according to a Business Times report.
In response to ZETDC’s request, Energy and Power Development permanent secretary Gloria Magombo said:
The ministry is in receipt of your letter dated March 14, 2019, on the (load-shedding) subject matter.
In the letter, ZETDC was advising the ministry on the necessity to implement a load-shedding program in cognizance of the reduction in water allocation by Zambezi River Authority at Kariba Power Station and also the deteriorating coal supply situation at Hwange Power Station.
The ministry concurs with ZETDC’s proposal to implement a load-shedding program in compliance with ZRA and also to mitigate the impact of coal supplies situation.
To this end, ZETDC is being requested to submit the proposed load-shedding schedule to the ministry for its perusal before implementation.
ZETDC has since advised the public that it will soon announce a load shedding schedule in the mainstream media.
The company dismissed “schedules” circulating on social media, saying that they are all “fake”.