Expect More Hours Of Load Shedding: ZESA Delivers Bad News As Electricity Power Cuts Get Worse
The Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) national power utility has warned consumers to brace for more hours of load shedding.
The struggling power utility warned Zimbabweans that electricity power cuts would get worse from Saturday, 25 September, due to depressed power generation capacity at both the Hwange and Kariba power stations.
According to ZESA, the depressed power generation capacity at the country’s two largest power stations is due to “technical challenges.”
The power utility did not go into detail to explain the nature of the technical challenges. Instead, it said it is currently conducting a maintenance exercise to fix the issues.
More crucially, however, ZESA did not give a timeline of when it expects the challenges to be fully resolved.
Part of the statement released by ZESA on Sunday morning, speaking of the increase in the hours of load shedding, reads,
NOTICE OF LOAD SHEDDING: NATIONWIDE
Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) would like to advise its valued customers that there is increased load curtailment from the 24th of September 2022.
This is due to technical challenges being experienced at our Kariba and Hwange Power Stations, as well as import constraints. The utility is therefore conducting a maintenance exercise to ensure full restoration of service.
The inconvenience caused is sincerely regretted.
The extension of load shedding hours has irritated customers, who have called out the national power utility of failing to publish a load shedding timetable, as South Africa’s Eskom does.
Load shedding has increased in Zimbabwe in recent days, with some areas going without power for up to 20 hours per day.
The worst part is that most people have no idea when the power will be turned off or restored. As a result, Zimbabweans are finding it difficult to plan their activities due to power outages.
Many angry Zimbabweans have taken to social media to demand that ZESA subsidiary Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) share the load shedding schedule with them. They contended that ZESA should not arbitrarily cut power during load shedding.
As a result, they want the power company to share the load-shedding plan or timetable. They also contended that if Eskom in South Africa can share its load shedding schedule, surely ZESA can as well.
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