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80% Of Rural Zimbabwe Has Never Known Electricity

80% Of Rural Zimbabwe Has Never Known Electricity

Energy and Power Development Minister Zhemu Soda said it is embarrassing that only 20% and 40% of the country’s rural and urban areas have respectively been electrified.

Speaking in Harare on Thursday at an event where the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) availed US$1.5 million for Zimbabwe’s power generation, Soda said:

According to recent statistics, the country has an electricity penetration rate of 44%.

As a government, we are not proud of this figure considering that we have a large number of people, particularly in rural areas who lack access to modern energy services.

In fact, I am informed that electricity access levels in rural areas is 20% with the balance available to urbanites.

Although we have seen increased penetration of small ports solar systems, which l hope will be revealed in the census currently underway.

UNDP Zimbabwe resident representative Mia Seppo said that the US$1.5 million will be fully allocated before the end of this year. Said Sepo:

UNDP Zimbabwe is excited to have managed to mobilise a total of US$$1,5 million grant aimed at accelerating access to sustainable, affordable and clean energy in Zimbabwe.

This grant is earmarked to kick start and unlock further funding for the energy sector.

We are expected to fully allocate and utilise the funding before the end of the year 2022 to create an enabling environment for future investments.

Zimbabwe generates an average of 1 200 megawatts (MW) daily against a peak demand of 2 200MW and reduces the deficit with imports from South Africa, Zambia and Mozambique.

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10 Comments

gboy 2 months ago

zhemu zhem aaagh whatever his name akutobaya uyu akutaurisa position iyo ndeye kunyarara odya ndokuti Zim gaya Chibabest


💯 prcnt 2 months ago

kkk true dat


msaigwa 2 months ago

kana muchida kupihwa mari munoti zveshuwa magetsi hakuna.yave mumaoko menyu mobva mati zimbabwe yakati gwee nemagetsi


ZESA 2 months ago

why Chasi aizvigona akambobvisirwrei ok dira rizare


Imwe Mbeu 2 months ago

Even pick n pay inogona kudira rikazara futi 😏

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Mangwandi Trevor 2 months ago

Chasi akabvisirwei nhai veduweee???


gboy 2 months ago

good question wangu

Powe Justin 2 months ago

Ukaita popular kudarika prezo chete kkkkkk, vanokubvisa kaa

Chapwititi Kestombela 2 months ago

My rural area has no electricity due to a transformer that burnt. Poor workmanship is to blame on the part of ZESA PERSONEL. How does one justify a substation that lacks LIGHTNING ARRESTORS 🤔. SINCE 2019 we are yet to get the transformer back or a new one being installed. How i wish Advocate Chasi was still in that ministry 😭😭😭😭. Otherwise DIRA RIZARE WANGU 🥃🍾 nekuti Soda yacho haivavi iyi 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣


Powe Justin 2 months ago

ZESA haidi soft touch mazuvano, itoendai ikoko makatodira rakazara mukuru. Isu vakatidaro tikavaendera nemota yekutakurisa zvese tikauya navo 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣


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