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ZESA gets a US$110 mil loan to improve tariff collection

The Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC), a subsidiary of ZESA Holdings, was the beneficiary of a US$110.4 million loan from Afreximbank. The loan which was the largest part of a total allocation of US$188,600,000 to three other local companies (CABS, CBZ and ZB Bank) was confirmed at the Intra-African Trade Fair that happened […]


New ZESA tariffs show a 30% increase in price

A couple of days ago we reported that ZESA tariffs were projected to go up by about as much as 25%. Well… according to Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) circular, effective (May 26th, 2021), the price of ZESA has gone up by 30%! Raised ZESA tariffs vs old prices Band Old Price (ZWL$/kWh)(Inclusive […]


ZESA Meter Can Charge You For Your Generator’s Power If You Connect Wrong

So one of our readers made a complaint to ZESA that their pre-paid meter was billing them for power they were consuming from their generator during load shedding hours. We got curious and how that could be possible. The explanation is simple really: Before pre-paid meters Before ZESA introduced pre-paid meters, the usual way to […]


ZETDC Tells People Tampering With Electricity Meters To Turn Themselves In By The 31st Of This Month Or Else…

With reports of people tampering with electricity meters on the rise, Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission & Distribution Company has issued a statement calling on all ‘offenders’ to turn themselves in. The warning comes with some stern consequences and the public is informed that tampering with your meter could result in a 10 year jail sentence. You […]


ZESA increases debt recovery rates on prepaid meters & tightens screws on defaulters to avoid load shedding

ZETDC, a subsidiary of the Zimbabwe’s power utility concern ZESA, has announced that starting from the 1st of September 2016 it will be increasing the debt recovery rate from 40% to 50% on all domestic accounts in arrears that are using prepaid electricity meters .


Local power company ZESA anticipates annual savings of $120 million through smart meters

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.


City of Harare rolls out smart water meters, creates opportunity for water management solutions

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.


prepaid.co.zw becomes latest facility for buying prepaid ZESA using EcoCash

Pre-paid allows users to send there ZESA account details, the amount they wish to buy and their phone number through an online interface. This is followed by a prompt for payment through EcoCash or Telecash via SMS. You can make transactions of between $2 and $490.


And now, prepaid water? Council needs to avoid these 3 ZESA mistakes

With the coming in of prepaid water, Councils should avoid the same mistakes that ZESA made with the prepaid electricity meters and coordinate on infrastructure rollout to reduce costs.


The ZESA prepaid token system is the irk of electricity retailing

The ZESA prepaid token ecosystem is not as efficient as we would want it to be with constant reports of downtime for “upgrades” and the sort with most distributors letting consumers pass the blame to ZESA for their distribution challenges


TelOne introduces payment platform that also sells ZESA through EcoCash & Telecash

TelOne has its own payment platform called telpay.co.zw. It offers a payment facility for TelOne bills and sells TelOne ADSL and WiFi vouchers. Another nifty add-on is the sale of ZESA prepaid electricity that you can pay for with Telecash and EcoCash.


Selling ZESA prepaid from the UK: How Zympay is disrupting money remittances

Just yesterday we were tallking about recharge.co.zw, the online workaround for buying ZESA prepaid electricity that lets you use your EcoCash and Telecash mobile wallets as well as options like VISA and Zimswitch. It turns out that there’s another solution similar to this called ZymPay. Unlike recharge.co.zw, Zympay is targeted at the diaspora, where Zimbabweans who […]


Want to buy your ZESA prepaid electricity through EcoCash? Try recharge.co.zw

Whenever we talk about the issue of paying for your ZESA prepaid electricity everyone remembers how Econet was shut out from an integration with ZESA for mobile money payment leaving One Wallet as the only option for the many people used to mobile money transactions. Thankfully someone has worked on a solution that will give you […]


The Netone-ZESA marriage- Pride goeth before a fall

A must-be-gleeful NetOne was granted an unexpected boost ahead of its competitors in the ZESA prepaid electricity retailing facility. They are the only MNO awarded the opportunity to sell prepaid electricity tokens. No surprises there if you have bothered to read a bit of ZIMASSET. I warn NetOne not to celebrate prematurely though. I have […]