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Zambia Allows Zimbabwe To Use Its Water To Generate Electricity - Energy Minister

Zambia Allows Zimbabwe To Use Its Water To Generate Electricity - Energy Minister

Energy minister Zhemu Soda has said Zambia has allowed Zimbabwe to use its water in Kariba Dam to generate electricity at the Kariba South Hydropower Plant.

The Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) allocates 45 billion cubic metres of water to both Zimbabwe and Zambia for power generation at Kariba.

The authority said water levels have now declined beyond usable levels hence the need for Zimbabwe to cut generation at Kariba by half from about 600 megawatts (MW) while Zambia was ordered to reduce to a maximum of 800 MW.

The country relied more on Kariba hydro-energy for electricity during the winter cropping season, thereby exhausting its water allocation, NewsDay reported citing the minister.

Speaking during the official launch of a United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDG) Fund and Stakeholder Engagement function in Harare, on Monday, Soda said:

Because of what we were experiencing at Hwange Power Station, the faults that are currently obtaining at the boilers ÔÇö we had to depend on Kariba Dam more than the Zambians did; especially during winter when we wanted to produce adequate wheat. It was a strategy and it worked because we will not import wheat because of the bumper harvest.

The cost has been on excessive use of water which was supposed to be spared. We are very aware that we overused our water and by last week, Zimbabwe had overused the water by around 5% of its allocation. We are actually using Zambian water to generate electricity for ourselves. There was a high-level meeting between Zambia and Zimbabwe, and Zambia allowed us to use its water to generate 300 megawatts.

The Energy minister said traditional source markets for power imports had been affected by climate change.

Soda said the government was encouraging power-generating institutions and households to be on the national grid.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Hasha ngadziite shoma maComrades. Tonozviziva kuti magetsi ari kutipa stress chaizvo

Worzell Gummidge 1 month ago

Yah, a hungry man is an angry man. Ukasha hwakadai izhara Chete. Low glucose levels in the blood cause irritability.

xxc 1 month ago


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soda 1 month ago

a decent minister would resign for failing the nation let alone blame climate change for that corrupt system and thievery under him..I hope president fires him faster faster so that it shows that incompetent ministers can be fired and put the people first...

ko sei usati 1 month ago

watukwa mavulgar words arikutukwa vamwe.kasi ndiwe urikutaura here

Zuze 1 month ago

Resign? In Zimbabwe we don't have a culture of resigning. The only Minister who resigned was Garwe only because his daughter saw leaked exam papers

Tintin 1 month ago

again no solutions
again more explanations

junior 1 month ago

that poem must be performed on zbc news @ 8­čśé­čśé­čśé

kimberly rose 1 month ago

it must be adopted as the national anthem ­čśé­čśé­čśé

Tambaoga 1 month ago

Aah, National Anthem chii?
Tiri kuda Rambai Makashinga ­čśç­čśç­čśç

Dispatcher 1 month ago

Fix the problem Mr Soda.

Matemadanda 1 month ago

It can't

1 month ago

What an embarrassment to beg Zambia for some water ­čĺŽ ­čśé ­čśé ­čśé


truth 1 month ago

zvimwe zvinhu ngatitendeiwo kwete kungotuka nekushora everything that pindula posts

val 1 month ago

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chamutengure 1 month ago

it's a curse to be born in Zimbabwe

1 month ago

Dako iwe udza mai vako vakudzosere mu****u vanokuzvarira kwaunoda mwana wepfambi

1 month ago

Bornfree slaves

@eenews 1 month ago

9 yr old girl survives crocodile attack more to follow @eenews

PVC 1 month ago

He is too young for the problems is facing better to resign Aine 500kls yake

1 month ago

Mari haigutwe. Bvunzai Jenarari naED Shweeee

Chinese zodiac 1 month ago

Unoiwanepi hurumende yakasvonaka kudai hezvo magetsi takukupai ende chakanakira magetsi aya ndechekuti mvura yekumagadzirisa taikwereteswa nezambia ,vote ZANU PF for More Eletricity

cde chipopi 1 month ago

uri kungo humana Soda. zvese zvauri kutaura haisi solution ba iyoyo. Under the sun there are many ways of getting power. It's only that your policies and priorities are poor.

Chris 1 month ago

I said so that more water was released downstream

1 month ago

Ummm vachanyepa iko ku Zambia kuri kutonetsawo magetsi

Sabhuku 1 month ago

anaaSoda Zhemu vajaira kurima donje kuMuzarabani, zvekuvaita minister kwakutopedza nguva. Kozoti uya wamunoti Masuku weAgric ndorimwe dhamu dhamu futi

Mlotshwa 1 month ago

it will not work,but it will work­čśÜ

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