sibanda.jpgThe Competition and Tariff Commission has ordered ZESA Holdings to immediately adjust electricity charges based on actual consumption as opposed to the current billing system based on estimates.

 

The directive comes after findings from public hearings carried out by the Competition and Tariff Commission (CTC) two months ago, showed  that ZESA Holdings was overcharging industry and consumers through using estimates which did not reflect actual use of power.

 

CTC chairman, Mr. Dumisani Sibanda said while the commission noted that ZESA rates were the second lowest in the SADC region, it is important for the power utility to focus on affordable charges in line with income earnings for workers as well as taking into consideration efforts being made by industry to revive production.

 

“Our findings have revealed that there is need to ensure that  charges are affordable and we hope that in the future something favorable will be done by the authority to control the tariffs,”said Sibanda.

 

zesa logo.jpgIn terms of the directive, ZESA Holdings has been ordered to ensure that domestic users are charged rates that were stipulated by the Ministry of Energy and Power Development since February last year of US$30 and US$40, while ensuring that customers who  paid more than the stipulated rates are credited with the excess amounts.
 
The CTC recommended that there be a massive injection of new capital either from government or other potential investors for ZESA to operate at full capacity and avoid reliance on tariffs at the expense of its customers.