Zimbabwe and regional technology news and updates



Brace yourselves for load shedding says ZESA

The Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) has, in a circular to customers, announced that the nation should brace itself for load shedding due to technical faults at Hwange as well as depressed supply from South Africa. ZESA’s statement on load shedding reads as follows: ZESA HOLDINGS (PVT) LTD POWER SUPPLY UPDATE – DEPRESSED POWER SUPPLY […]

ZESA token purchases will not be working Thursday evening

Buy early if you need to.

You can now report ZESA faults on WhatsApp in Harare

It won’t do much for response times but atleast it’s now there…

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

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.

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 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 […]

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 Apologises & Announces Solution For System Congestion

Earlier today we wrote an article regarding ZETDCs prepaid token system being down. ZETDC has issued a statement addressing the situation. In its statement, ZETDC confirmed the sentiments echoed by our community that the delays are due to congestion caused by people attempting to buy tokens en masse on the first day of the month. […]

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 […]

ZESA Says We’re Not Stealing Electricity Units During Loadshedding

ZESA has come out and dispelled rumours that customers are being charged for electricity usage during load shedding periods when they have no access to electricity to begin with. ZETDC took to their official Twitter account to announce that they aren’t stealing consumers power: The Zimbabwbe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company has noted with concern […]

ZESA Denounces Fake Twitter Accounts Which “Mislead” & “Defraud” Consumers

ZESA has released a statement in response to an infamous Twitter account which has been getting attention for clapping back at customers who can’t tell the difference between official and parodies of ZETDC’s twitter account with tweets such as these: ZETDC’s has now issued out an official statement through their account and it reads: ZETDC […]

How To Sign Up For ZESA’S Online Portal

ZESA has a pretty comprehensive Self-Service portal but the only problem is the fact that ZESA hasn’t educated consumers on how to use the thing! After signing up for the portal I realised it’s really useful and contains information and functions such as: Token purchase trend from 2014 A service statement with all electricity purchases […]

ZESA – Social Media Claims That Electricity Is Cheaper On The 1st Day Of The Month Are False

It seems there’s a lot of confusion regarding ZESA’s new tariff system and with that confusion, people are failing to understand how the tariffs actually work. With electricity units being sold at tiered rates it seems some people misunderstood this to mean that if your purchase electricity on the first day of the month, you’ll […]

It’s Taken 9 Days For ZESA To Increase The Minimum Token Purchase Again

On the 19th of October ZESA announced that the minimum token purchasable through EcoCash, OneMoney and other platforms was being raised from $10 to $20. 9 days later, on the 28th they announced that the previously announced minimum purchase would no longer be in use. The new minimum token purchase is now $50. Considering that […]

ZESA Prepaid System Down Countrywide

ZESA spokesman Fullard Gwasira took to his Twitter account last night to announce that the prepaid vending system is currently down. Zetdc would like to advise its valued customers countrywide that it is experiencing system challenges with its prepaid vending system. We thank you for bearing with us during this inconveniencing but temporary situation & […]

ZESA Says They’re Going To Disconnect Post-Paid Customers Defaulting On Bills

ZESA has spent a number of months encouraging customers to pay their bills – remember that time when it seemed like the Energy Minister’s vocabulary only consisted of the words “pay your bills”? Well, those days are gone and ZESA will now take a tougher stance. The official ZETDC circular notifying defaulter of whats to […]

Update: ZESA Increases Minimum Amount Of Tokens You Can Buy On EcoCash & OneMoney

The minimum amount of ZESA tokens you can buy through EcoCash has been increased from $10 to $20. EcoCash posted the message on their social media accounts: Dear valued customer Please note that ZETDC has set the minimum purchase amount of electricity tokens at ZW$20 for all service providers effective 18 October 2019. The minimum […]

ZESA Applies For Electricity Tariff Review

Over the past few months, Zimbabwe has been in a crippling power crisis and one of the major reasons for this was that our electricity producers were selling power for peanuts. Well, not literally but they may as well have been. A few months ago the tariffs were revised but even then they remained low […]

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

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. The electricity supply situation has improved significantly following interventions by both Government […]

ZESA Electricity Tariffs Increased 3 Fold And 5 Fold

As you probably know by now -since ZESA has been crying about this a lot- the tariffs we were currently paying to get electricity are woefully below the cost at which the electricity is being produced. During the MidTerm budget event, new tariffs were announced effective immediately and they are structured as follows: The electricity […]

ZESA Now Accessing 300MW From Southern Africa Power Pool’s Day-Ahead Market

ZESA’s efforts to ease the power crisis are finally producing results even if the impact right now is minimal. Yesterday, Minister of Information Monica Mutsvangwa claimed that ZETDC has finally gotten access to electricity from the Southern Africa Power Pool due to a US$2 million facility. …Furthermore, ZESA is now accessing 300MW during off-peak hours. […]

Eskom Struggling To Meet Energy Demand In South Africa

Zimbabweans have been following news regarding the electricity situation with bated breath as the country has been plunged into darkness. Though there has been some positivity regarding the situation due to a recent payment, it seems ESKOM itself is facing some challenges of its own. According to MyBroadband, Eskom is also struggling to meet demand, […]

Energy Minister: We Are Going To Be Receiving Energy From Eskom & We Are Negotiating With Mozambique

The Minister of Energy Honourable Fortune Chasi has spoken regarding the recent US$10 million paid to Eskom, confirm that it will indeed help in plugging the power generation holes currently plaguing the country. During a recent Cabinet briefing Honourable Chasi acknowledged the payment to Eskom but would not go into further details I can’t pronounce […]

Fault At Hwange Power Station – ZESA Outages To Be Worse

The electricity situation seems to be getting worse by the day and efforts to turn the situation around are also being hampered by the fact that Hwange Power Station breaks down every other week causing longer periods of darkness. Due to a technical fault at Hwange Power Station, local generation is now depressed, & load […]

ZETDC Adopting Drones To Fight Vandalism

Back in June last year, ZETDC put out a tender calling on bidders to supply industrial grade enterprise drones. The tender noted that the equipment was intended to inspect and image ZETDC’s lines and equipment. It seems those drones have finally been acquired as ZESA’s Group Stakeholder Relations Manager shared an update on his Twitter […]

ZESA Tariffs Could Be Going Up By 30%, This Time The Viral WhatsApp Message Could Be Half True

There is a WhatsApp message that is doing the rounds: Electricity prices are going up by 150% fr prepaid metres whn buying in bond ecocash or swipe on friday However prices remain the same whn using usd So buy now in bond cz after friday kuyabe sokuyilahla I got tht memo tody at a workshop […]