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.
ZETDC, the power utility company has issued a public statement regarding it’s prepaid electricity vending platform. The platform has been very unreliable for the last couple of weeks. Whether or not transactions go through has been a gamble. ZESA says: The Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) would like to advise its valued customers […]
However, this is not the first tool for online ZESA payments and it likely won’t be the last. In the meantime we’ve listed some of these alternatives nine in total – that you can use if you want to buy ZESA online.
Called Instapay, it allows users to buy prepaid electricity as well as airtime for all three mobile networks (Econet, Telecel and NetOne) with the option to make the payment via EcoCash and Telecash.
OneWallet records weak subscriber numbers with less than 13,000 users, fails to capitalise on NetOne growth
However, even with the new look and the potential to lock certain services like the sale of prepaid electricity, OneWallet is still struggling to grow, failing to even match the subscriber growth rate that NetOne has recorded over the past year which is key in providing a pool for new user signups.
Zimbabwe adopted prepaid metering as a way of dealing with the challenges of bill collection which deprived the power utility of over $1 billion in revenue which is essential for the management of local facilities and the importation of electricity from neighbouring countries like South Africa.
However, one other enormous benefit will be the management of water consumption and the city’s water resources. Harare has struggled with this for decades, and while prepaid services compel residents to manage water, they also play the important role of helping the city keep track of faults in water delivery.