'Zesa board to be appointed when govt is ready'

HARARE - Eneregy minister Dzikamai Mavhaire says a new Zesa Holdings (Zesa) board will be appointed as and when government is ready.

This comes as the power utility’s previous board — led by Simbarashe Mangwengwende — was dissolved upon expiry of its tenure on December 31 last year.

It was also on the back of persistent calls by various stakeholders for it to resign arguing it had failed to deal with power shortages among other challenges affecting the country’s energy supplies.

Last Wednesday, Mavhaire said, “we will always appoint another board from the Zimbabwean people,” adding that it will be appointed “as and when we are ready”.

Recently, residents lobby group Harare Residents’ Trust (HRT) said Zesa should get rid of bloated executives and board, accusing them of failing to upgrade electricity generation capacity.

Zimbabwe is experiencing a crippling power deficit which has hit both domestic and commercial consumers.

The country is currently generating approximately 1 200 megawatts (MW) against demand of about 2 200MW.

Last month, Zesa said load-shedding — sometimes as long as 18 hours-a-day — is set to intensify following stalled refurbishment of the Hwange Power Station.

“The load-shedding has been necessitated by depressed electricity generation at Hwange Power Station due to a power system disturbance from Kafue Gorge,” it said.

Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI) immediate past president Kumbirai Katsande said most companies were operating below capacity owing to the latest round of load-shedding.

“The power cuts are affecting the operations of most industries,” he said adding that; “Some industries have resolved to buy emergency generators, but not everyone can afford to purchase one.”

However, early this month, the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC), Zesa’s subsidiary, said the country could save up to $115 million annually through efficient power demand-side management.

Demand-side management is the planning, implementation and monitoring of programmes and activities carried out by the national power utility to modify consumer demand pattern or load curve without compromising on customer value.

Howard Choga, ZETDC’s acting managing director, said through improved energy efficiency, industrial, commercial and domestic electricity users can save up to 19 percent of the country’s total consumption.

“The country’s potential savings are equivalent to 1 650 GWhs ($115 million) annually,” he said.

This comes at a time when Zimbabwe is facing acute power shortages due to lack of investment in the sector.

Choga noted that in demand- side management, both customers and utilities carry out defined activities that result in the utility reducing system investment and operational costs and consumers benefitting from reduced electricity costs.

“Benefits of demand-side management include a reduction in customer energy bills through better customer energy management and cost savings though reduction or deferment of capital projects by utilities (power plants, lines, substations),” he said.

Improvement in power reliability and quality of supply and the reduction in emissions that contribute to national and international environmental problems such as acid rain and global warming through the deferment of commissioning of coal fired plants are some of the benefits associated with energy conversation.

Choga said ZETDC has so far swapped over one million compact fluorescent lamps in homes resulting in 41 88MW of energy being saved.

“335 000 prepaid meters have also been installed and 65 MW have been saved.

“This translates to 23 percent reduction in energy consumed,” he said.

Comments (7)

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Tichatonga Mambo - 24 January 2014

Mavaire should not try to be arrogant with people's lives..What does he mean the board will be appointed when he is ready? It is six months since the last board was relieved of its duties..How can such a vital cog in the power matrix be allowed to function without a board for this long? Is he maybe intimating that as things stand presently he is the board? This is sickening.. What does the law say about this anyway?

gutter poet - 25 January 2014

It is of nationl interest to be furnished with the salaries of all ZESA CEO s and managers. The chances are that they could surpass the one at PSMAS. Mr Mavhaire please let the nation know. Preferably a parliamment committee would do the job.

Mambo - 26 January 2014

they earn less than 10% of psmas salaries.....

tawa - 27 January 2014

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vatete - 27 January 2014

Managers earn 2500 to 3000 and directors 6000 to 8000 but al;most all workers are above poverty datum line

Top 5 - 28 January 2014

He is waiting so that they can decide which of his friends and family members can be appointed to the board so that he and they can benefit from the over $200000 monthly salaries. If a board has to be put in place is it not advisable to have at least one or two white men, and Indian man or to in that board who already have their own wealth so that we know things are being done right and people with no money are being put in to run the board so that they can be paid exorbitant salaries and other incentives.....

Najim - 28 January 2014

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