zesa.jpgHarare residents have expressed concern over increased load shedding, despite assurances by Energy and Power Development minister, Engineer Elias Mudzuri.

 

Minister Mudzuri had said power outages would be reduced during the duration of the World Cup, while a system failure experienced at Kariba last Friday has since been rectified.

 

The residents are angry that there has not been a consistent supply of power and said ZESA should instead revert to the advertised load shedding schedules.

“It is better for the power utility to use the old timetables because at the moment it is difficult to plan, as every morning electricity is switched off,” said one resident.

 

Others expressed concern over the high bills they are receiving despite the fact that most of the time the electricity will not be available.

 

ZESA Holdings chief executive officer, Engineer Benjamin Rafemoyo confirmed that the power surge that was experienced at Kariba Power Station has since been rectified, but said power demand during this period is high and this forces the utility to shed abnormally.

 

He said: “All our units are working, but the problem is that during this period there is high demand for electricity. We would like to urge the consumers to use the available electricity sparingly.”

 

ZESA has been facing critical challenges in availing power to all consumers because of the regional power deficit.

 

However there is high optimism for better service as ZESA is reportedly courting some investors to improve its capacity to generate enough electricity for the domestic market.