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The Situation At Kariba Is Mainly Due To Natural Causes - Energy Minister

The Situation At Kariba Is Mainly Due To Natural Causes - Energy Minister

Energy and Power Development minister Zhemu Soda Sunday said the decline in the quantity of power generated at Kariba is as a result of natural causes, NewsDay reported. 

His remarks come after the Zimbabwe Power Company, a subsidiary of the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA), was directed by the Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) to scale down operations at Kariba South Hydropower Station to allow water to refill at Kariba Dam.

ZPC stated on 5 December 2022 (today) that only 200MW were being generated at the plant.

The situation means Zimbabwe will likely have prolonged power cuts. Commenting on the situation while addressing journalists in Harare, Soda said:

The government is making an intervention. This is a crisis situation and we hope through that intervention, funding will be available to apply for the additional capacity which we are looking forward to getting from our neighbours.

The ministry urges all consumers to reduce load by employing energy conservation and efficiency measures. Lights must be switched off in all offices at night and other measures like rightsizing of equipment, use of energy savers.

Over and above the above measures, government is pursuing a medium to long-term plan to meet the power needs of the country. The government is supporting the acceleration of implementation of renewable energy projects by independent power producers.

Government has identified some solar sites where it will fast-track implementation and pre-feasibility studies have already been done. It must be noted that the situation at Kariba is mainly due to natural causes and the ministry is doing all in its power to avert the situation.

The Zimbabwean government has turned to neighbouring countries seeking to increase imports from the region and replace 300MW lost through restrictions at Kariba.

Currently, Zimbabwe is importing a combined 250 megawatts (MW) from South Africa, Zambia and Mozambique.

Additional negotiations are ongoing, with 150MW expected from Mozambique, Soda said.

Zhemu made the remarks after hopes to import more power from Zambia were dampened with the neighbouring country introducing a six-hour daily load-shedding regime starting on December 15.

Zimbabwe had hoped to plug the supply gap with additional power imports from Zambia. 

However, the latest developments mean continued power imports from Zambia is no longer guaranteed.

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40 Comments

Mike😲 2 months ago

Soda akabva nepi uyo.. 🚮
Dzoserai Chasi pabasa @fortunechasi


Worzell Gummidge 2 months ago

@Mike. Pakungoda kuti vabve vese. It's the whole system that's infested with corrupt maggots & filled with moral decadence. Asiwo Soda azonyanya kutibikira Derere panhau yemagetsi. Vamwe vanoti aiva Runner wemukuru achiri kuCOTTCO. Hameno kuti kurima donje kuMuzarabani kune hukama hupi ne Ministry of Energy?

2 months ago

Zvinoda kuti papinde munhu akashanda ku zesa for many years not munhu akamboita zvedonje donje rinota nezvema getsi her ndokusaka nyika ichifa chasi ahana kumbo bvira ashanda kuma getsi aito fudza mombe kuchiweshe uko

Vesto 2 months ago

It is a well know fact that Chamisa during the days of his tenure as leader of the MDC he went to Madagascar to enlist the service of a witch doctor to make Zimbabwe pay. If you remember the days that he coined the theme "KUDIRA JECHA". It is very unfortunate the results are now being felt today when we had already fired him from our party. President Dougie Mwonzora will correct this unfortunate incident because he cares. Mwonzora ndizvo chinja maitiro maitiro chinja🖐️🖐️🖐️🖐️🖐️

Sorojena 2 months ago

Gods must be angry....Zambezi kupera mvura? We can only fear for the old damwall that it might be swept away by the mighty Zambezi. We once had the biggest diamond deposit in Marange, but alas nothing came out of it or to show. But look Botswana ' s megre diamond made a considerable facelift of that country...but when it comes to the accursed land all hopes of prosperity just flops. Gods must be angry.

Anonymous 2 months ago

Zvadirwa Soda izvi ,ava mazhemu Khuphela


Worzell Gummidge 2 months ago

@Anonymous. 😂😂😹😹👏👏 Zvadirwa iri Bicarbonate of Soda. Zvakuchayisa manyoka. Maybe zvadirwa Soda yezviguri kana Gowa...

Cityzen 2 months ago

Funding kudiiko imi muchiburitsa ma $14 million muchipa ma MP ma loans.. pfungwa dzacho


Tateguru 2 months ago

So even nature is warring with us – this is no longer a joke


Vaye vaye 2 months ago

Why start negotiations now? Do they not get regular updates on water levels and forecasts? Did they not know that that they were using water way above their allocation


2 months ago

Taura hako, vese vakarara zvavo pa basa, hanzi ED achauya ogadzirisa. Ngaadzingwe basa minister uyo pasare pasina hapo, hatidi kana replacement. The energy and power development ministry should operate as a section of the president's office.

Tang ku 2 months ago

Soda zhemu kkkkkkk mamwe mazita anokuudza ega kuti hapana chinobuda zhemu,kazembe kazembe ,ziyambi ziyambi ,zhuwawo , Yasha Mafidi, chindori chininga ,chenhamo
chimutengwende, motarisira a positive economic growth nemazita e zvigure izvi haaaaaa ndinokubhejerai hapana hapana


screw driver 2 months ago

@Tang ku wataura hako mazita acho kunge dendere regondo kana kt mazisaga aya ekare mazi90kgs aya mavhanda kkkkkkkkkkk kwaaaaaaaa zanu pf so inotinzwisa zvimwe zvakavanzika

🤣🤣🤣 2 months ago

it's all in the names kkkkkkkk hapana chozivikanwa

Vesto 2 months ago

Hiyai amfumu aTang ku.
aPhiri aja aMafidhi achoka kuKitwe...
Iiiii nchito rero

Bright 2 months ago

Kkkkkkk umm

Manikiniki 2 months ago

Chindori chininga, chenhamo chimutengwende kkk wandisetsa

Cde hondo 2 months ago

That's ****....why didn't you see it coming, tell us how many generation plants have you built since independence, basa kuba chete ma zanu


Yaa 2 months ago

III ma1

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Njengu musanwe pliz 2 months ago

Zviye makazobhadhara chikwereti chekuMoza ere chemagetsi ko cheEsKom cheSA kkkkk shame on yu gyz. Mvura ikavamo muKariba dam zvonzi Gwenya harisi kushanda ririkuda maparts from abroad, Gwenya rakashanda wonzwa kti mvura hakuna kkkk hee Hwange heee Munyati power station zvemuno unozvishaira pazvo chose kushaya kana chimwe chete chatoti ichi ndochiri kufamba, kuhealth kurikuchemwa kuzvikoro kurikuchemwa, kumigwagwa kurikuchemwa, chekudya kuchema, kumvura kuchema mabasa kuchema huhori kuchema vana voputa nokunwa zvinodhaka zvose kuchema so where are we going.


Cde hondo 2 months ago

We are still using plants we inherited from Smith. Wasting money on mbuya nehanda statue and Africa museum... Kunoona hat ne makhaki a tongogara zvinotipei, that money should have been Channelled to economic development programmes, power generation, hospitals, clean water and roads. Upper middle income by 2030 nevanhu ivava. Ed and your team makundikana


2 months ago

Ian Douglas Smith dai aripo aisunungura payakasungirirwa hake


pk 2 months ago

smith was not the only prime minister for Rhodesia. the likes of garfield todd did a lot. pfungwa dzema ccc dzinogumira pana smith

Bicarbonate of soda 2 months ago

Mmmm,
"naturally mismanaged "
I would say.


signor 2 months ago

vaya vanosimbokuza zunu pf pano neyemagetsi iyi vanyarara kuti ziii


signor 2 months ago

vaya vanosimbokuza zunu pf pano neyemagetsi iyi vanyarara kuti ziii vanyatsoona kuora kwayo kwese kupererwa kunge mvura yacho yamuka mulake musina zvanezuro asi yaipera vachiona havo vachitopihwa maUpdates nema relevant authorities, vakuda kuvhundka nhasi haaa nix bodo


2 months ago

Ko Zambia Shaa ndipowo 200MW ndokupawo US$200 million asi wozondipawoka US$20 million per month just a mere 10%, then we split 50 - 50. I get my share US$10 million and you get your share US$10 million. Ndikapedza newe ndobva ndamhanya pa Mosken apa ndoita fit zhet ndobva ndaenda paMzansi ndoita futi rimwe zhet ipapo. Saka izvi zviri kutaurwa neteam rangu zvekuti tiite imwe plan kuti paden paite ma IPP zvinozouraya mazhet angu manje. Bhoo here?


2 months ago

Kkkk vanhu vane hasha vakaziva nezve this platform ka inovharwa


Rhodes 2 months ago

Kupusa maiti zvakagaidzira neRhodesia zvakatokwana uye hazvichembere kurwara nezamu mukanwa maingodya Mari muringadzire mamwe magetsi hamubhadhare futi munonoona nekushandisa mahara tokubvunzai moti maSanctions munorwara brain madhara


Vesto 2 months ago

The situation at Kariba maybe a result of Natural causes, but the bigger picture- the nationwide lack of electricity 20/24 hours is definitely a man-made disaster. Poor planning. Poor management, lack of foresight and general ineptitude. That is what 43 years of gross mismanagement leaves this once-great nation with.


cccccv 2 months ago

Be nzi guru ratinetsa ndiED.Handizivi kuti zimnhu iri rinoraramireiko pasina charinoziva kudai.Zvese i****


Makelanwi 2 months ago

I am ashamed when the comrades discuss about Kariba Hydoelectrical Power Plant in the 20th century,when the plant was built in the 19th century.Umm


2 months ago

Nonsense


zesa forED 2 months ago

kujekesa nyika yese nemagetsiiii!!!! zvakarongekaaaa


Guka 2 months ago

Aah aah ahh arikunyepa uyo


zesa 2 months ago

our gvt leaders are supposed to be strategic thinkers, not shot- term thinkers. This should have been forseen if our gvt leaders were doing the proper thing


Anonymous 2 months ago

hopeless leaders these ones


soda 2 months ago

natural causes adiii hawo...maturbines enyu awora ayaaaa since riinhi


Dree 2 months ago

Pamberi na Advocate Fortune Chasi


ZHEMU SODA 1 month ago

Kna zvanetsa huyai mutore position yangu yacho



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