Floods threaten power supplies

Africa Moyo  Deputy News Editor Zimbabwe could face increased load-shedding after critical coal mines that supply Hwange Thermal Power Station were flooded following heavy rains that pounded the area on Saturday. Hwange received heavy rains of up to 139mm in three hours on Saturday, which caused flash flooding, leaving 35 families in two suburbs — […]

Zim making strides to ease load-shedding

Eng. Matshela Koko On November 3, 2019, the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa) increased power cuts to a punitive Stage 2 of load-shedding, where consumers spent up to 18 hours without electricity because it had lost 251MW from Hwange Power Station. On November 12, 2019, the eastern part of the country lost electricity for almost […]

Zimbabwe sugar farmers dump electricity for solar power

SOME sugarcane farmers in southeastern Zimbabwe are shifting to solar energy to fend off serious shortages of electricity in the country. The power deficit afflicting the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) Holdings is affecting the operations of companies in the country already performing below capacity. A consortium of 35 sugarcane farmers at Mapanza sugarcane estate […]

Energy poverty and the quest for survival in Gweru

Locadia Mavhudzi Forestry Commission is now getting overwhelmed on their mandate to control deforestation as more people resort to firewood following erratic power supplies in the wake of load shedding by national power utility ZESA. Urban communities across Gweru in Zimbabwe’s Midlands province, are now relying on nearby farms and smallholder plots for firewood which […]