ZESA In Another 50% Tariff Hike…Here Are The New Tariffs

ZESA New Tariffs

ZESA New Tariffs

The Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) has announced another 50 percent tariff increase.

In a statement,  Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC), a subsidiary of ZESA Holdings, said it has increased tariffs by 50% effective 01 November 2020.

ZESA load shedding

Part of the statement reads:

The Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) has adjusted the electricity tariffs by 50%.

This is in accordance with the Tariff Award of 2 October 2019, which approved the implementation of monthly tariff indexation formula for changes above 10%.

Before today’s announcement, ZETDC increased electricity tariffs by 50 percent in September before increasing tariffs by another 50 percent on 1 October. This signifies a 150% tariff hike in the last three months.

New ZESA tariffs

Consumption Bands kWh Price (ZWL$)
1 – 50kWh 1.67
51 – 200kWh 3.65
201 – 300kWh 9.92
Above 300kWh 15.57

Old Tariffs

Consumption Bands kWh Price (ZWL$)
1 – 50kWh 1.11
51 – 200kWh 2.43
201 – 300kWh 6.62
Above 300kWh 10.38

Zimbabweans have reacted to the recent electricity tariff hike with the Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) saying the increase is unsustainable given what teachers earn at the end of the month. PTUZ wrote:

You raise electricity tariffs every month, Zinara and insurance by more than 100%, school fees by more 500% +, then say teachers must go back to work without a realistic increment. Do the right thing and we will back at work. Tomorrow shld indicate if gvt wants to reopen or not

A Twitter user @Dutch_THE_Dutch said the increase by ZESA will lead to other increases. He wrote:

A 50% increase of a previous 50% increase of zesa will lead to the increase of other products

Another user asked Information Permanent Secretary Nick Mangwana why ZESA was increasing tariffs when the ZWL: USD rate has stabilized. Mangwana had not responded at the time of publishing.

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