The Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) Holdings has announced that it has upgraded rolling power cuts to stage 2 as a result of the loss of power imports from the region and depressed local generation.
ZESA imports power from Mozambique and South Africa, with the latter currently experiencing power generation challenges.
Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC’s) Hwange Thermal Power Plant experiences constant breakdowns due to ageing equipment while Kariba Hydro Power Plant is generating far much less than its installed capacity due to low water levels.
In a statement on Monday night, ZESA said:
ZESA Holdings would like to advise its valued customers countrywide that load shedding is now being implemented at Stage 2 level due to loss of power imports from the region and depressed local generation.
Load shedding is thus now being implemented over and above the advertised schedule.
Customers will be advised of progress on the restoration of imports and improved local generation to minimise the effects of load shedding.
ZESA Holdings sincerely apologises for the inconvenience caused.