The power situation in the country is improving, The Chronicle wrote. This comes at a time where ZESA was reported to have secured a 400 MW deal with SA’s Eskom.
Scores of people from different towns Harare included for the first time since June/July saw electricity either being cut off late or service being restored earlier than 10 PM.
Social media was awash with people celebrating the marginal milestone after being plunged into darkness for weeks on end.
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Speaking to the same publication, The Chronicle, the ZESA spokesperson confirmed that power supply has indeed improved and households are back to load shedding phase 1.
The electricity supply situation has improved significantly following interventions by both Government and the line Ministry to access power from the Region. I can confirm that we started receiving power last night (Thursday) from Eskom after payment modalities were worked out by both utilities.
This power supply situation puts predictability to load shedding and largely puts all customers in Stage 1 load shedding. It also allows the utility to prioritise the productive sectors to ensure the economy functions. I also want to add that this power is coming at a great cost and urge all customers to pay their bills to ensure that the prevailing electricity supply situation is maintained and sustained
Speaking to The Chronicle the energy Minister chided careless use of electricity and called the current imports from SA expensive electricity;
The 400MW is a lot of electricity and it will make a significant relief to load shedding. Switch off switches and lights when not in use. It is the small efforts and the right attitude that can make a meaningful difference. Those that can afford to switch to solar power, please do so as the country is pushing towards promoting renewable energy.
“This is very expensive power that we are importing from South Africa. Let us continue to work hard and pay bills and not sit on our laurels with the belief that all is well now that power is available. It is very expensive power and a very huge debt must be paid to Eskom. Zesa is illiquid and to help the situation, let us all service our accounts and pay our bills because it is the responsibility of every consumer to ensure that services are provided
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