Energy and Power Development Minister Fortune Chasi said that the country’s power utility (ZESA), must communicate to its clients whenever there is a change to published load shedding schedules.
Speaking to ZTN on Thursday, Chasi argued that failure by ZESA to inform its customers on changes to electricity distribution will give a false impression. He said:
The load shedding schedule must operate as it has been published and presented.
I have emphasised to Zesa that they need to stick to the schedule and that in those situations where they are unable to do so, the public must be informed that there has been a change.
Otherwise, if there is a schedule that is not speaking to reality, it gives a false impression and we do not desire that at all.
ZESA announced about a fortnight ago that it was reverting to Stage 1 load shedding after securing a 400MW power deal with South Africa’s Eskom.
However, power cuts have worsened in recent days raising fears that Eskom may have cut off ZESA for failing to meet its obligations, a report that was dismissed as untrue by South Africa’s power utility.
Minister Chasi revealed that the prolonged power cuts have nothing to do with the Eskom deal but are a result of technical faults at Hwange Power Station.