Zimbabwe’s power utility, ZESA Holdings, has started to implement staggered 24-hour rolling power cuts across the country following reduced power generation at its ageing and poorly-maintained power stations and reduced power imports from neighbouring countries.
In an emailed statement to Fin24 on Wednesday, ZESA said load shedding is now being implemented over and above the advertised schedule. The power utility had earlier advised its customers that load shedding was being implemented at Stage 2, which translates to 18 hours without electricity.
Load-shedding is thus being implemented over and above the advertised schedule.
ZESA has a non-binding agreement to import as much as 400 MW of power from South Africa’s Eskom, which it usually get late at night and in the wee hours of the morning.
On its part, Eskom has been failing to meet local demand and power generation has been hampered by floods at some of its coal mines.