Chasi In South Africa For Talks With Eskom Officials

The Minister of Energy and Power Development, Fortune Chasi, is currently in South Africa for a detailed discussion on the possibility of that country resuming power exports to Zimbabwe.

Chasi’s visit to South Africa follows President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s meeting with President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday in Niamey, Niger, where they discussed energy, among other issues.

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While addressing a post-cabinet media conference in the capital, Harare on Tuesday, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said:

Cabinet received the weekly brief on the Energy and

Power Supply Situation by the Acting Minister of Energy and Power Development, Joel Biggie Matiza.

Cabinet noted that following meetings between His Excellency President Mnangagwa and his South African and Mozambican counterparts, the two Heads of State had expressed their countries’ firm commitment to assist Zimbabwe to overcome its current energy and power supply challenges.

As a consequence of this encouraging development, the Minister of Energy and Power Development is currently in South Africa and is soon to head to Mozambique for detailed discussions with his counterparts on possible increased power imports for Zimbabwe.

The nation will be advised on the outcome of the discussions in due course.

Zimbabwe is in the midst of crippling power cuts which have almost grounded manufacturing industry to a halt.

The electricity crisis has been attributed to a number of factors, among them being low water levels at Lake Kariba, the source of the country’s major hydropower as well as ageing equipment at thermal power plants.

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Joel Biggie Matiza

Joel Biggie Matiza was a Zimbabwean politician and the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development. He died from Covid-19 on 22 January 2021. His death was confirmed by Nick Mangwana. Matiza was hospitalised a week before he died. He became the 4th minister to succumb... Read More About Joel Biggie Matiza

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One Comment on “Chasi In South Africa For Talks With Eskom Officials

  1. It is not easy as people think for SA to export power to Zim. Remember SA is a developed country which needs all power it lay its hands on and is also battling with illegal power connections in high density suburbs. Eskom has gone out of its way to use very expensive generators in order to meet power demand and it still cant satisfy its peak power demand requirements. Mozambique may have excess power generation but most of it is contracted to SA as SA also has a generation deficit. So its game on.

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