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. […]

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, […]

COMMENT: Lowering of tariffs by Zesa will bring relief to consumers

In a world full of greedy capitalists, the decision by the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa) to lower the cost of electricity tariffs not only comes as a relief but a shock as well. Consumers are no longer used to prices going down. They keep going up, even when there is no justification. In April, […]

Outrage over ZESA system

CHALLENGES in purchasing electricity tokens have plunged most houses into darkness, a development that sparked outrage in most suburbs with consumers accusing the power utility of incompetence. People are failing to purchase electricity tokens through mobile banking platforms, prompting them to flock to Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) banking halls for assistance during […]

Chasi reads riot act over Zesa tokens failure

Energy minister Fortune Chasi has read the riot act to the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa) after residents failed to purchase electricity tokens for the greater part of this week following a technical hiccup at the power utility’s vending system. Chasi threatened to fire the company subcontracted by Zesa for electricity vending and purchasing. “Failure […]

Customers fume over Zesa system failure

The Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) says its electronic systems are struggling with high numbers of transactions, leading to its failure to process payment for desperate customers.   Thousands of customers have been struggling to purchase electricity tokens countrywide with long queues being seen at the ZETDC centres at Harare purchasing points and […]

ZESA restores power to Beitbridge West

The Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) has restored power to Beitbridge West constituency where most business centres, clinics, schools and irrigation projects had been without electricity for the past two years. It is understood that most institutions in the areas were plunged into darkness after electricity poles were destroyed by storms at the […]

Arcadia seals electricity deal

PROSPECT Resources, developer of the Arcadia Lithium Mine near Harare, has struck a “secure” power supply agreement with State power utility Zesa, which enables it to develop its electric vehicle batteries lithium project. An amount of US$162 million is required as capital expenditure to develop the lithium project to production and it is expected this […]