Sleaze, antiquated equipment stifling Zimbabwe energy needs

By Bernard Mpofu Corruption, antiquated equipment and failure to invest in new technologies has been cited by analysts as among  major reasons stifling Zimbabwe’s energy needs Zimbabwe which is battling rolling power outages due to antiquated equipment has in the past crafted several energy policies to ease the perennial energy crisis. According to the Ministry […]

Zimbabwe senate approves two multi-million energy loans

By Bernard Mpofu The Zimbabwe Senate has adopted two motions proposed by the Finance Minister, Mthuli Ncube, which seek to approve loans to finance the country’s energy projects.  However, experts have expressed concern over the slow pace of action by the country’s lawmakers. Zimbabwe has since the turn of the new millennium depended on regional […]

Covid-19 delays jatropha energy project comeback

By Tendai Chara The outbreak of the corona virus, or COVID-19 has delayed the anticipated revival of the jatropha energy project in Zimbabwe.   In 2017, the Zimbabwe government announced that it had rekindled the jatropha project, which had been in comatose for many years. The jatropha plant, whose seeds are used to make biodiesel, was […]

Clean energy comes to Mashaba in Zimbabwe’s first inclusive solar mini-grid

By Tendai Chara ‘’We used to buy our own fuel from Gwanda town, more than 60 km away – to power our diesel pumps. We would also pay for transportation of the fuel, ‘’ says a smallholder farmer, Mpokiseng Moyo, at the Rustlers Gorge Irrigation Scheme in Gwanda district, in Zimbabwe’s Matabeleland South Province. “Now, […]

High electricity charges trigger illegal connections in Zimbabwe

By Tendai Chara The recent hike in electricity tariffs in Zimbabwe by the national utility, Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority Holdings, has resulted in most households failing to access this important source of energy, resulting in them switching to other alternative sources of energy, it has emerged. ZESA Holdings recently hiked electricity tariffs by 19,02 percent. […]

RioZim to roll out off-grid power supplies in Zimbabwe

By Bernard Mpofu Zimbabwe Stock Exchange listed mining concern RioZim Limited (RioZim), is considering powering its operations off the country’s main grid as the company turns to alternative sources of energy to avoid energy constraints that have interrupted production for many years now.  Erratic power supplies that forced the extractive industry to import electricity directly […]

Top cop, Zesa employees in court for power cables theft

A SENIOR Zimbabwe Republic Police officer and two Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) employees were arraigned before the Karoi Magistrates’ Court together with four accomplices facing two counts of vandalism of power equipment. They were remanded in custody to July 6 for bail application. ZETDC artisan Victor Chirume (30), line worker Chakanyuka Chakanyuka […]

Zesa switches off 100 households over illegal connections

POWER utility Zesa yesterday conducted a blitz and disconnected over 100 illegally connected households in Stoneridge, Harare. Zesa has been losing electricity worth thousands of dollars to unscrupulous individuals who illegally connect to powerlines. The power utility roped in the police in an operation that unearthed numerous cases of meter bypassing, dangerous and unsafe wiring, […]

Zesa switches off illegal power connections

Zesa disconnected over 1 500 households in Stoneridge Phase 1 in Harare South after discovering that a fired former employee of an approved contractor made the connections without following the normal procedures. The illegal connections are believed to have been done by Peni Jaison (31), who was once employed by a Harare company called Ethood […]