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Energy Minister: Power Outages Will Persist Since Zimbabwe's Electricity Is Too Cheap

Energy Minister: Power Outages Will Persist Since Zimbabwe's Electricity Is Too Cheap

Energy and Power Development minister, Soda Zhemu, says power cuts will persist because Zimbabwe’s electricity is too cheap.

He says this is pushing “unproductive” demand by domestic customers.

Zhemu is supporting power utility ZESA’s request to the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) for a review of tariffs. The last review was in January.

The minister says on average, domestic consumers use US$10 of electricity each month, usually paid in the Zimbabwe dollar which has been losing value every week since the start of the year. Zhemu is quoted as saying by the Business Weekly:

The tariff has been severely eroded and what we now see is the rising demand of unproductive electricity especially by domestic customers.

Until there is restoration of a viable tariff, the situation will remain fragile.

We need a viable tariff and I understand that ZESA has applied for a tariff review and I want to believe the regulator ZERA is considering the application

Zimbabweans has been experiencing constant power cuts for the past two years as the country is unable to produce enough electricity to meet demand.

ZESA, the local power utility, owes regional power companies millions of dollars and, therefore, remains constrained from importing power to cover the gap due to foreign currency shortages.

The minister said electricity had become cheaper than gas, causing gas users to switch back to ZESA, adding to the power demand.

In February, ZESA was producing 1 285MW against the country’s peak demand of 1 700MW.

Regular machinery breakdowns at the coal-fired Hwange Power Station have also added to ZESA’s woes.

The last tariff increase approved by ZERA was 12.3 percent. ZESA officials have publicly declared that they would like to see a tariff increase of higher than 100 percent.

More: ZimLive

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38 Comments

101 5 months ago

**** u soda Zhemhu n yo board members. How can you say electricity when one can't even afford to buy a $1 loaf of bread


Julius 5 months ago

Now you're saying it will persist, but you once said by March 2022 electricity shortage will be history. where are we now, have we lost track? Please revisit this.


usadaro paukama 5 months ago

soda usadaro nukuremerwa kwatakaitwa iwe zvese unoona mahara kaiwe


Hameno 5 months ago

Hameno vanoshandisa magetsi isu masolar edu bhoo zvekut


doug 5 months ago

What is the tariff being compared to to come with the verdict that it is too cheap? If ZESA met the demand and the citizens who have prepaid meters got electricity 24 hours a day it would be a different scenario. Electricity may be too cheap for those who are on postpaid meters and are powerful enough to stop ZESA from disconnecting them. What is the fate of the Gwanda 100 Megawatt solar project? A private player will soon be putting a mere 5 Megawatts from a solar project in the Hwange area, a twentieth of what Gwanda should have been providing by now.


T@aaa 5 months ago

Zviripachena hapana kwatirikuenda nevarume ava havana tsitsi asi kuti ibvai vamwe vombopinda unoona vachiita nharo but vachinyatsoona kuti takoniwa .Havana tsitsi nevanhu vavarikunyima mari vovakwidzira futi vanobhadhara nei
Ccc ngaimbopinda titange patsva


Ganyani 5 months ago

Zanu pf means Zero Ability No Unity Positive Failure


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Chapwititi Kestombela 5 months ago

Why was Fortune Chasi removed from this portfolio on the first place??? He had managed to tame the load shedding and was a people's person. Kungonzi CHIBABEST chete akabva abviswa faster kunge volume re.............. Anyway kwidzai zvese tiwane kukudzingai zvakanaka 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣


Chapwititi Kestombela 5 months ago

Why was Fortune Chasi removed from this portfolio on the first place??? He had managed to tame the load shedding and was a people's person. Kungonzi CHIBABEST chete akabva abviswa faster kunge volume re.............. Anyway kwidzai zvese tiwane kukudzingai zvakanaka 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣


Tinmike 5 months ago

you're spot on, the only minister to be removed because he's good at his job and good with people, akanzi wakuda kuonesesa

Kakistocracy🤣Muchakaka 5 months ago

You can say that again. I observed that too. Chasi aiziva basa rake and aive nedirection nema strategies, in my view, but bato rezvigure haridi kuti anyone else apihwe respect nemacitizens except the Gure President so they removed him and KAKING continues.

Hulk Hogan 5 months ago

Vapfana ve ZANU pf avasi ku commenter nekuti ndeve huni,rambi ma phone vano charger kwatiri isu ve CCC.Pluz ma acho vanenge vatibira kuma Sports bet, ku Masowe nekuBhawa...


Hulk Hogan 5 months ago

Vapfana ve ZANU pf avasi ku commenter nekuti ndeve huni,rambi ma phone vano charger kwatiri isu ve CCC.Pluz ma acho vanenge vatibira kuma Sports bet, ku Masowe nekuBhawa...


Hulk Hogan 5 months ago

Vapfana ve ZANU pf avasi ku commenter nekuti ndeve huni,rambi ma phone vano charger kwatiri isu ve CCC.Pluz ma acho vanenge vatibira kuma Sports bet, ku Masowe nekuBhawa...


Hulk Hogan 5 months ago

Vapfana ve ZANU pf avasi ku commenter nekuti ndeve huni,rambi ma phone vano charger kwatiri isu ve CCC.Pluz ma acho vanenge vatibira kuma Sports bet, ku Masowe nekuBhawa...


Hulk Hogan 5 months ago

Vapfana ve ZANU pf avasi ku commenter nekuti ndeve huni,rambi ma phone vano charger kwatiri isu ve CCC.Pluz ma acho vanenge vatibira kuma Sports bet, ku Masowe nekuBhawa...


Hulk Hogan 5 months ago

Vapfana ve ZANU pf avasi ku commenter nekuti ndeve huni,rambi ma phone vano charger kwatiri isu ve CCC.Pluz ma acho vanenge vatibira kuma Sports bet, ku Masowe nekuBhawa...


Hulk Hogan 5 months ago

Vapfana ve ZANU pf avasi ku commenter nekuti ndeve huni,rambi ma phone vano charger kwatiri isu ve CCC.Pluz ma acho vanenge vatibira kuma Sports bet, ku Masowe nekuBhawa...


Hulk Hogan 5 months ago

Vapfana ve ZANU pf avasi ku commenter nekuti ndeve huni,rambi ma phone vano charger kwatiri isu ve CCC.Pluz ma acho vanenge vatibira kuma Sports bet, ku Masowe nekuBhawa...


Hulk Hogan 5 months ago

Vapfana ve ZANU pf avasi ku commenter nekuti ndeve huni,rambi ma phone vano charger kwatiri isu ve CCC.Pluz ma acho vanenge vatibira kuma Sports bet, ku Masowe nekuBhawa...


Sir tindo 5 months ago

Uka commenta ka one vanhu vanonzwa iwe

Hulk Hogan 5 months ago

Hey who is this imposter stealing my name and using it carelessly? I don't like this, stop it.


Hulk Hogan 5 months ago

Ndiro Zita rangu chairo rechitupa chinonetsa ku Zimbabwe ,ko iwe vabereki vako vakakupa Zita rokuti Anonymous here?

Anonymous 5 months ago

zita rako ripikowo iwewe unonzi Pazvainetsa Mapfanyangire Romoreshindi wakuda kuzvit Hulk hogan

Concerned Citizen 5 months ago

Cheap? How much is the average citizen earning? Ngaatikwanire Soda uyu, ndosaka vamwe vachipiwa mazita anemsoro iye akawana reflavour yedrink. Nonsense.


Mark 5 months ago

🤣😂🤣😂🤣

Chapwititi Kestombela 5 months ago

🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 ndarara pasi nekuseka..................comment section inofadza as long as isina zvinyadzi kudai

DaCool 5 months ago

buyanini eHwange guys ,we don't pay electricity or water konke mahala


Nguni Royalty 5 months ago

Akuthi shuwa? Ngidingela iskorobho ngibuye

watyora jemu 5 months ago

zvadirwa soda muchaibva gore rino


Bicarbonate of Soda Zhemu 5 months ago

huh minister vanoda kudzidziswa comm skills kkkkk vakamboti futi kwirai ma zupco vakwidza mafuta


0777576423 5 months ago

Kwidzai zvese.
Isai hut tax , cattle tax.
Boarder tax, tax yekuti wakamboenda kunze,

2% tax, 3 % tax,

Salary tax, tax ...tax tax.

Ko muchineupenyu here. Goodbye


zimboy 5 months ago

soda zhemu arkutaurisaa hake....ndivana mutodi



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