The rolling power cuts that are being experienced in Zimbabwe are set to worsen after South Africa’s power utility, Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. announced power blackouts.
Zimbabwe has a non-binding agreement to import up to 400 megawatts from Eskom, while an additional 100 megawatts is imported from Mozambique. In a text message to Bloomberg, ZESA Holdings spokesman Fullard Gwasira said:
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The corresponding decline in imports will be reflected in increased load shedding.
Residents and in some cases industrial areas go for 18 hours without electricity. Currently, Zimbabwe spends $23 million monthly on electricity imports, according to the power utility.