Govt To Start Gradually Phasing Out Load-Shedding From Tomorrow – Govt Official

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, Mr George Guvamatanga, has confirmed reports suggesting that the power crisis will start getting betting from Tuesday (tomorrow).

This development is attributed to the payment plan the government secured with regional power suppliers.

It is expected that the deal will see the country adding 400 megawatts to the national grid.

Guvamatanga was speaking during a post-budget seminar held in the capital on Monday (today) where he said:

Government is to start gradually phasing out load-shedding from tomorrow (Tuesday) after the successful agreements with regional power suppliers. 400MW will be imported from a regional power supplier after a weekly power payment arrangement was secured with Treasury.

His remarks come when the country is facing a huge power deficit that has seen most parts of the country going without power from 0400 and 2200 hours daily.

Local power utility, ZESA, has attributed the deficit mainly to dwindling water levels at Kariba Dam and to ageing equipment at Hwange thermal power station.

More: ZBC News Online

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