If your June, like ours, has started with frustrating long hours of unexplained power outages every day, consider this the explanation. It won’t unfortunately provide any relief to this madness, but at least you know what’s going on and can take action. Hint – maybe relocate that startup office from the bedroom. Whatever action you take, fact is winter is here and the much expected severe load shedding (we have moderate load shedding all year round) has begun.
ZESA, the national power company charged with ensuring the country has enough power, isn’t doing it. They have been issuing notices detailing the schedule of load shedding that users of power will be subjected to for the next 2 months. Reads the notice:
Zimbabwe’s seasonal peak power demand occurs during the winter months of June and July when maximum demand rises to an average of 1800MW. To this end, ZESA has put in place measures to boost power generation and reduce consumption in order to minimise load shedding. in spite of the measures, power supply shortfalls will still be experienced. Accordingly, load shedding will be carried out in accordance with the follow schedules.
The load shedding will be most severe in residential suburbs where homes will go for at least 8 hours of no power everyday. According to ZESA, the company’s power generation stations currently produce about 1,200MW which means we have a deficit of 600MW. The load shedding however will not be so severe on referral hospitals, water & sewer installations, security establishments, airports and broadcasting stations as well as the CBD.
We’d refer you to the ZESA website for the detailed load shedding schedule, but the latest data they have is from 2012, so I guess you just have to go buy the paper, or maybe call them.
If anyone reading this has a pdf with the tables, please provide a link to it or send us by email.