Current power predicament temporary – ZESA boss

by | Jul 2, 2021 | Business | 0 comments

Brian Rungano Temba

Zimbabwe Energy Supply Authority (ZESA) has reassured Zimbabweans that power outages being faced nationally will soon be a thing of the past.

The country has been experiencing lengthy load shedding spells, which have complicated the working from home approach taken by companies when they decongest their work spaces.

In a statement, yesterday, ZESA Holdings Executive Chairman Dr Sydney Gata said they have a plan to see the country through this difficult phase.

Dr Gata pointed out that the combination of very ancient machinery at Hwange Power Station and other thermal power plants was chief on cause of power outages.

“To appreciate this, we have generators and turbines that have been turning for 30 years, non-stop.
You can imagine that on the roads today you can not find vehicles that are 30 years old and still operating,” said Dr. Gata.

He however assured Zimbabweans that ZESA had secured funds from National Treasury to refurbish entire Hwange stage one and stage two power stations that will extend their operational life by 20 years.


“We are confident that this embarrassment that we are enduring at the moment is temporary, because funds have been secured.
At the same time, we are completing construction of Hwange stage three units seven and eight which will deliver an additional 600 megawatts to end load-shedding,” said Dr Gata.

Dr Gata added that Zimbabwe’s power supply -thanks to the initiatives of President Emmerson Mnangagwa- will soon be enjoying the benefits of partnerships with Mozambique.

“The cooperation with Mozambique which was inspired by His Excellency President Mnangagwa, will extend to partnerships with Mozambican Hydro Power plants which are under development. This partnership guarantees is low costing energy for many years to come,” he said.

The ZESA boss said he is confident that these developments lined up for ZESA will indefinitely make load-shedding a thing of the past.