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"There Is A Bright Side To The Electricity Crisis" - President Mnangagwa

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said the shortage of electricity in the country was a sign of growing mining and industrialisation in the economy.

The Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) says the country’s generation capacity decreased due to ageing equipment at the power generators – Hwange Thermal Power Station, and Kariba Hydropower Station.

The power utility also said importation was restricted since the country owes huge monies to regional power utilities, including ESKOM of South Africa and Hydro Cahorra Basa of Mozambique.

Writing in his weekly column, President Mnangagwa said he was satisfied that the nation was ready for a massive expansion in thermal power production: 

This year, I went back to commission Deka water pipeline which feeds into Hwange 7 and 8.

We are set on launching Generator 7 towards end of this year, possibly in November, and Generator 8 early next year, possibly in February.

All told, we will have some 600 megawatts added onto our grid, thus helping Zesa meet part of the ever-rising demand for more power.

One accurate way of measuring the pulse of an economy is through power consumption, especially by corporates.

This means there is a bright side to the power backlog: it points to growing mining and industrialisation in the economy, and thus an expanding mining and manufacturing sector.

This in turn creates more, better quality jobs, especially for our youths.

He further revealed that the Government was also working on upgrading small thermal stations in Bulawayo, using the Indian capital.

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