Zimbabwe and regional technology news and updates

SA is ready to manufacture & sell hydrogen fuel technology

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has said that the country is ready to Manufacture and sell Hydrogen Fuel Technology.

Technikari with Simbarashe Mangena, from the Radiation Protection Authority of Zimbabwe (RPAZ)

On this episode of Technikari, we are joined by Simabarashe Mangena a Nuclear Engineer from the Radiation Protection Authority of Zimbabwe.

ZESA beware, solar is now cheaper than Eskom power

ZESA better be on the look out because Eskom’s rates are being undercut by the emerging off-grid/grid-tied solar movement.

You can now buy ZESA tokens in the diaspora via Senditoo

You can now buy ZESA tokens for your family and friends back home in Zimbabwe through Senditoo.

ZERA introduces e-licenses for the petroleum sector

The Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) has said in a statement that players in the petroleum sector will now receive e-licenses.

ZESA warns of possible load shedding due to fault at Hwange Power Station

ZESA has announced that there is a technical fault at Hwange Power station causing a limited supply of electricity.

ZESA prepaid token purchases system will be down… Again

ZESA has in a statement said that the prepaid vending system is going to be down on the 23rd and 24th of January due to a system upgrade.

Econet subsidiary DPA signs US$8 million solar system distribution deal with ZOLA Electric

Econet Subsidiary Distributed Power Africa (DPA) signed a US$8 million distribution deal with Zola Electric’s home solar systems.

ZESA prepaid token purchases will be down on New Year’s Eve

ZESA has in a statement announced that prepaid token vending system will be down on New Year’s Eve till late on January 1st 2021.

African Development Bank approves US$7 million grant for mini-grid industry

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a US$7 million grant to support the continent’s renewable electricity mini-grid industry.

You can now pay your ZESA bill and purchase tokens in USD

The ZETDC has announced that ZESA post-paid customers can now pay settle their bills in foreign currency

ZESA introduces Net Metering which allows customers to sell excess solar power

ZESA has launched a net metering program that will see customers who generate thier own power being able to sell it back to the national grid

New ZESA Tariffs: new powerband & small price reduction

New ZESA Tariffs: the national power company has added a new top-end powerband at a marginally lower price than the most recent tariff change.

ZESA fault reporting numbers for Harare are down

The ZETDC has in a tweet notified customers in the Harare region that fault reporting numbers are down.

New ZESA tariffs and powerbands November 2020

ZESA has quietly changed around the powerbands and tariffs for electricity which sees a cheaper upper and lower band but a more expensive middle band.

ZESA gives reason for recent power cuts

Technical faults at Kariba and Hwange power stations are the cause of the power cuts that have become an increasingly common feature – ZESA

Sun Exchange allows anyone to buy a share in big solar projects

Sun Exchange is taking a different approach to financing solar projects. The company is selling off small portions of large solar projects which you can buy and make money off the power generated.

SA solar startup Sun Exchange begins African expansion in Zimbabwe

South African solar startup Sun Exchange has begun its expansion into Africa in Zimbabwe with a proposed 1.9MW solar installation for Marondera based Nhimbe Fresh.

Brace yourselves, there are more ZESA tariff increases on the way

The is no rest for Zimbabweans, the ZESA tariff increase that we haven’t yet adjusted to is going to be followed by more according to the Minister for Energy

New ZESA tariffs – November 2020

The 1st of November is here and as we reported last month ZESA tariffs will be going up by another 50%. This price increase follows a 50% increase that was announced on the 1st of October. The new tariffs are as follows: Tarrifs take effect from the 1st of November 2020 New ZESA tariffs Consumption […]

Distributed Power Africa secures US$20 million investment

We recently covered Distributed Power Africa’s (DPA) investment with Mettle Solar to build a solar plant for Liquid Telecom’s East Africa Data Centre. Well, DPA has announced that it has secured an investment of its own. The renewable energy company will receive a US$20 million investment from Royal Bafokeng Holdings (RBH). Royal Bafokeng Holdings is […]

DPA & Mettle Solar invest US$1.2 million into East Africa Data Centre solar plant

Distributed Power Africa (DPA) and Mettle Solar have finalised a US$1.2 million investment to install a 1MW solar plant for Liquid Telecom’s East Africa Data Centre (EADC) in Nairobi Kenya. A brief background on the players in the deal Distributed Power Africa (DPA) We have covered DPA here on a few occasions. The company has […]

ZESA to acquire electric cars next year as they look to reduce abuse of vehicles and fuel

ZESA Chairman, Dr Sidney Gata recently announced that in 2021 ZESA will begin transitioning to electric cars to reduce abuse associated with fuel-powered vehicles and avoid cars being used for anything other than the intended purpose. No one will say his car has no fuel, the cars are rechargeable, they will recharge overnight whilst in […]

ZESA increased by 50% last week then by another 50% today and it will increase by 50% on 1 November

So we are getting dizzy with the electricity tariff increases. On 23rd September (just over a week ago) we reported a 50% increase on ZESA tariffs. Today (1 October 2020), those tariffs increased by another 50%. Effectively it means ZESA tariffs are now 125% (more than 2 times) what they were 8 days ago. The […]

Within days ZESA increases tariffs by a further 50% with effect from today

Last week ZESA, through a communique, announced the increase in electricity tariffs by 50%. In a strange turn of events, tariffs have been increased again by a further 50% of the ones that took effect on the 23rd of September 2020. The new tariffs are as follows: Tarrifs take effect from the 1st of October […]

Maxwell Chikumbutso of Saith Technologies is back – Claims generator powers 10 houses at once

[Image Source: Saith Group] Maxwell Chikumbutso is a more interesting man than most of us. Lets get that out of the way. If at any point I sound envious or jealous, it’s because part of me might wish I was actually him – lol. Anyway, the serial inventor is back with a bang. Yes serial […]

You can now buy ZESA tokens online on Techzim Market!

A number of Techzim Community members have been asking if they could buy ZESA tokens using the Techzim Market. Electricity is one of those that we can’t do without and the more ways that are available to purchase it the better. In light of this, we are happy to say, you can now buy ZESA […]

ZESA tariffs have gone up by 50%

With the way prices are running away it was expected that ZESA tariffs would be going up. The price increase sees ZESA tariffs go up by about 50%. There have been no changes to the consumtion bands New tariffs take effect from the 23rd of September 2020. New tariffs Consumption Bands kWh Price (ZWL$) 1 […]

You can now buy ZESA tokens on credit using EcoCash

EcoCash recently made it possible to buy ZESA tokens on credit. By simpling dialling *179# you can access the new service. You can get ZESA tokens on credit valued at ZW$50 using the service and you’ll back at 26% interest. This means you’ll pay back ZW$63 bucks for your ZW$50 token. The interest seems a […]