President Emmerson Mnangagwa revealed that he will meet South African President Cyril Ramaphosa this Sunday to explore the possibilities of Eskom exporting more electricity to Zimbabwe.
Mnangagwa disclosed this while addressing Domboshava residents during a clean-up campaign on Friday. He said:
Last year we opened Kariba South which produces 300 MW on top of the 650MW produced by the other section but because of the drought the water levels in Kariba have dropped and it is no longer producing adequate electricity.
….at the moment there is a shortage of electricity and when I went Mozambique I talked to officials there to see if we can get more electricity from Hydro Cahorra Basa and on Sunday I will meet South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa to discuss if we can get more electricity from Eskom, so if we succeed in the negotiations the situation will greatly improve.
The country’s power utility, ZESA, recently paid Eskom of South Africa a US$10 million debt. However, Eskom is still owed US$30 million by ZESA.
Zimbabwe is currently experiencing debilitating power cuts which have hampered production with most areas going for 18 hours without power.
In most residential areas across towns and cities, electricity is cut off around 5 AM and restored just before midnight every day.