The Confederation Of Zimbabwe Industries through their Matebeleland Chapter has adviced the govt to declare the electricity issue a state of emergency. This they said may just shock or entice the country to find a lasting solution.
Speaking to the Standard Business, The CZI Matebeleland Chapter President said:
Power is quite a serious challenge at the moment. It has affected us directly and indirectly. Directly in the sense that when there are power cuts, we have no production,
We just hope that the government will come up with a plan to try and alleviate the power shortage.
Our thinking is that government should declare this as an emergency.
When it’s declared as an emergency, all stakeholders can put their heads together and they can come up with measures to respond to the emergency
He further reiterates that the government must also explore all options on the table, for example, a levy to fundraise the funds needed to finance a lasting power solution. The levy will be used to mobilise resources to help cub situations like these.
They can come up with probably a levy where people can contribute so that we can have a plan on how we can solve this problem
We need a long-term plan, but the information that we get from Zesa at the moment is we have challenges at Kariba, the water level is low
The power crisis has once again made Zimbabwe headline for the wrong reasons internationally. Production has gone down with bakeries threatening that if power cuts continue they may stop production. Some Twimbos are claiming that the country is losing about $200 Million a week because of power cuts.