Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) has confiscated Gweru City Council equipment which they use to install incandescent light bulbs to coerce the local authority to adopt energy-saving bulbs for public lighting.
The local government authority is currently using incandescent lights for public lighting in the Central Business District and on tower lights which is a restraint on Zera’s efforts to improve the efficient use of electricity in the country.
Gweru Mayor Councillor Josiah Makombe addressed Council on Monday and urged the council engineering department to accelerate compliant measures in the earliest possible time. He said:
Zera has descended on us and has given the local authority an ultimatum to adopt energy-saving bulbs for public lighting. We have no option but to comply with the directive from Zera. Some of our equipment has already been confiscated.
The development comes at a time when the country has a huge power deficit attributed to a number of factors including the shrinking of water levels at Kariba Dam and the ageing equipment at Hwange Power Station.
Zimbabwe is currently importing some of its electricity from South Africa and Mozambique.
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