The Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) has bought 4 000 transformers to replace those that have been vandalised across the country, an official has said.
Speaking in Concession this week during a stakeholder outreach programme, acting managing director Howard Choga also said the company intends to buy 1 000 new service vehicles.
Choga revealed that critical institutions, including clinics and schools, will be prioritised in the installation of the transformers. The Herald quoted Choga as saying:
We are replacing these transformers in areas that are identified and prioritised by the local leadership.
We are starting with areas where a majority of people benefit like schools and clinics.
We are also grappling with shortages of service vehicles. Early last year, we agreed that 2 000 vehicles are sufficient to operate efficiently.
We have committed to buying more than 1 000 vehicles but owing to global challenges in shipment, it is difficult.
However, 30 of our vehicles have so far been placed on production lines in South Africa.
He urged consumers with vandalised transformers to inform their nearest ZESA depot.