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ZESA: Loadshedding Back To Stage 1 But Kariba Producing Less Than 300MW

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ZESA is finally receiving 400MW from Eskom and their spokesperson has come out and said that this means that Loadshedding can now return to the more palatable Stage 1 with 5-hour powercuts down from the 16 hours Zimbos we fast becoming used to.

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The electricity supply situation has improved significantly following interventions by both Government and the line ministry to access power from the region.

I can confirm that we started receiving power from Eskom on Thursday after payment modalities were worked out by both utilities. This power supply situation gives predictability to load-shedding and largely puts all customers in Stage 1 load-shedding. So there is significant relief, but does not eliminate load- shedding

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Fullard Gwasira – ZESA Spokesperson

Whilst the initial timetable produced by ZESA promised that Stage 1 Loadshedding would be 5 hours, in actuality, it was more like 8 hours for most people so instead of the 5am-10am promised schedule, Stage 1 ended up being 5am-1pm on most days.

Mr Gwasira also acknowledged that Kariba is producing a measly 277MW dow from its 1050MW capacity:

Our plants are still old and still have a high frequency of break down. Kariba has lost 800MW and Eskom is providing 400MW. There is still a gap of about 400MW which will be managed by load shedding

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