By Justin Mahlahla

The 11th of July was for me a total disaster. I got home early, had an early supper and sat in front of the television, waiting for the world cup final between Spain and the Netherlands.

 

At exactly 7.35pm, there was an electric fault in the neighbourhood. About ten or so households, including ours, had no power.

 

In no time a few households had their generators running – minus ours.

 

Yes, I called ZESA to report the fault, but we had to spend the night without power and without knowledge of what transpired in South Africa that evening.

 

I began to think what it would look like if we all could buy our own generators. Would ZESA remain relevant in such a society?

 

And what if we all manage to drill boreholes on our yards? Would the City of Harare be relevant?

 

It became apparent to me then, that all the noise we make about municipalities and parastatals like ZESA not delivering is because we still rely on them for a living.

 

Of course, that would make more sense if, when we drill boreholes and buy generators we stop receiving utility bills from council and ZESA.

 

Perhaps the only customers for such institutions would remain industry and a few ‘poor’ households.

 

So do the city fathers and the powers- that-be at ZESA ever think about their future in a nation like Zimbabwe, where their services may gradually be confined to rural areas, because those in urban towns would have found other reliable alternatives?