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46% of Zimbabwean electricity users have solar as main source

We continue with the findings in the 2020 ICT Access by Households and Use by Individuals Survey by ZIMSTAT.  The survey found that 68.9% of Zimbabweans have access to electricity, up from 60.1% in 2014. 68.9% seems too high, doesn’t it? After all, the reports we have seen over the years all claim that only […]

“Bring back Chibabest”, Angry Zimbabweans react to ZESA’s 12-hour load-shedding schedule

Zimbabwe is one of those countries in which the citizens seem to be living in a twisted horror version of Groundhog Day. The same mundane problems keep happening over and over again and it seems our lives are on repeat. One of those repetitive nightmares is load-shedding and despite the winning and excuses ZESA and […]

ZERA now controls the price of LP Gas, here are the current prices

The Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) now controls the prices of LP Gas just like they do with fuel and ZESA tariffs. ZERA is empowered to do so under Section 54 of the Petroleum Act as refined by Statutory 90 of 2021. According to the Statutory Instrument, ZERA can review the monthly prices of fuel […]

ZESA tariffs to go up by about 25%

Whoever said the only two things assured in life were death and taxes clearly wasn’t factoring in Zimbabweans. To that old saying, I think we can add ZESA Tariffs because we have seen a steady escalation of costs over last year. Most notably was the back to back 50% ZESA tariff hike we were all […]

ZESA token purchases will not be working Thursday evening

Buy early if you need to.

Another dark winter ahead for Zimbabwe

Hello darkness my old friend…

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.

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.

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 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.

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

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

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 […]

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 […]

How big can this car tracking service be for TelOne?

TelOne held a launch event for their car tracking service Teltrack. The event was attended by representatives from the Ministry of ICT, Car Track and various motoring associations. The launch of this service got us thinking about how big this opportunity could be for TelOne. At the launch event, there was a lot of talk […]

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 […]

Here’s how to calculate how many ZESA units you’ll get every time you purchase

When you think of Techzim, what comes to mind? Do you think we are a news publication first or a tech company first? Well, WE think, no wait we are a tech company first and we love to build things. That’s why we have built the ZESA Calculator. The calculator as you’ve probably assumed by […]

ZETDC releases new tariffs, a slight increase in prices

The Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) has released new tariffs for electricity. They have, like most establishments, increased their prices. Old prices Consumption Bands kWh Price (ZWL$) First 50 0.49 51 – 200 1.08 201 – 300 2.94 301+ 4.61 ZETDC New Prices Consumption Band in kWh Price per kWh (ZWL$) Total Price […]

ZESA Gets Approval For New Tariffs, Electricity is Cheaper…

The Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority has revised its tariff structure and has announced the following with effect from the 11th of June. The New Tariff Consumption Bands kWh Price ZWL$ First 50 0.49 51 – 200 1.08 201 – 300 2.94 301+ 4.61 The Old Tarriff Consumption Bands kWh Price ZWL$ First 50 0.49 51 […]

Your Zesa Charge Will Not Be Cheaper If You Pay At The Beginning Of The Month

Zesa’s systems were overloaded yesterday because there was some confusion surrounding the Lifeline Charge. What is the Lifeline Charge? “ZETDC further advises customers that the lifeline tariff is enjoyed once a month when they make the first token purchase of units ANY DAY during any calendar month, therefore it is not true that electricity is […]

Trouble Buying Electricity Tokens? ZESA Prepaid System Down

A number of people have been running into challenges trying to buy electricity tokens this morning and last night. It seems the challenge is on ZEDTCs part as Paynow have put up a notice on their website informing customers of the challenges Increased errors from ZETDC We’re currently receiving a greater than normal number of […]

Govt Working On Net Metering For ZESA, But What Is It?

Minister of Energy and Power Development tweeted earlier today about net metering for ZESA in an open dialogue where he asked for public opinion on the matter. Net metering is a pretty technical term that a great many are not too familiar with. So what is it anyway? What Is Net Metering? Net metering allows […]

ZESA Debt To Eskom Paid Off – Hon Fortune Chasi

Minister of Energy Fortune Chasi is famous for many things, from making Zim Dancehall to being a Minister – he’s also known for his “mushonga webasa kuriita” statement. A jovial Fortune Chasi took to Twitter to revise that statement to, “MUSHONGA WE CHIKWERETI KUBHADHARA CHETE” (loosely translated to the only way to solve a debt […]

ZESA Announces First Tariff Hike For 2020

ZESA has announced a new 19% tariff hike that will be effected on the 1st of March: The Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) has adjusted the electricity tariffs by 19.02 per cent. This is in accordance with the Tariff Award of 2 October 2019, which approved the implementation of monthly tariff indexation formula, […]

This UPS Device Helps You Keep Your Internet Connection On During Load Shedding

There’s nothing new you can tell a Zimbabwean about load-shedding… Our current electricity crisis has been ongoing since April/May last year and we’ve become accustomed to having no power or looking for alternative sources of power. One of the not-so-shocking things that happens when citizens in a country don’t have power for 16-18 hours each […]

Telecel Asks POTRAZ For Tariff Adjustment

Telecel (and the other networks, probably) are in talks with POTRAZ to get tariffs adjusted to keep up with the inflationary nature of the economy. According to Zim Morning Post, the MNO is asking for an adjustment of tariffs among other requests which they believe will turn the business around. Telecel is reportedly in discussions […]

[Video] Zimbabwe’s Electricity Situation Part 2

In this final part of the Electricity situation we take a look at the state of ZPC power stations, the contribution from private players as well as the fate of Zimbabwe’s power situation in the short term. File footage of Hwange Power Station Courtsey of AP Sources: Chronicle Zimbabwe Energy Regulation Authority DPA AfricaBritannicaGoogle Books […]

Former Eskom CEO Supposed To Invest In 100MW Local Solar Plant Says Corruption Stalling Progress

You may remember Engineer Koko Matshela -Former CEO of Eskom- whose company was awarded the licence to set up a US$250 million solar power plant that was supposed to generate 100MW back in July with work beginning the following month. Four months later nothing has happened and Matshela recently blamed the lack of progress on […]