SA threatens to cut Zim power supplies

JOHANNESBURG - Electricity shortages in Zimbabwe could get worse after South Africa, which often supplies energy to its crisis-ridden northern neighbour, made it clear yesterday that it would now prioritise its own needs.

South Africa’s Public Enterprises minister Lynne Brown said Zimbabwe, which has a loose power agreement with the country’s energy provider, Eskom, would have its power supply interrupted if energy shortages in South Africa persisted.

In a written reply in Parliament to an opposition legislator, who had asked about Eskom’s agreements with regional countries in the South African Power Pool — relating to the importation and exportation of electricity — Brown said Eskom had varying power purchase and sales agreements with a number of entities in the seven countries in the pool.

She said if South Africa suffered load shedding, then Zimbabwe and Zambia would have their power supply interrupted as the two countries had “non-firm” agreements with Eskom, which meant that their energy would be supplied as and when it was available.

With regards to Mozambique, SA had several firm agreements with the country’s power entities — Cahora Bassa, the Mozambique Transmission Company and Aggreko.

Similarly, firm power sales agreements applied to The Swaziland Electricity Company (SEC), as well as to the Lesotho Electricity Company, the Botswana Power Corporation and Namibian power utilities. Brown said the principles that applied to supply agreements during emergencies included that trading partners were required to utilise all their own generation capacity to the maximum and all non-firm energy supplies were reduced to zero before moving into load curtailment.

In addition, all firm energy supplies were reduced by 10 percent when there was a load curtailment imposed on South African customers.

“Trading partners are required to enforce the 10 percent reduction on their customer base,” the minister added.

Comments (5)

They should just put them on a pre-paid meter.

Galore 123 - 5 March 2015

If RSA decide to limit electricity supply to Zimbabwe Mugabe will blame the whites, Britain and USA!! Look East maybe you import electricity from China, Iran and Singapore!! The idea of a prepaid metring system will send shock waves in Zim government, but it is not a bad idea.

Garikayi - 5 March 2015

Zimbabwe last imported power from azania four years ago. Nonsense

african - 5 March 2015

Zimasset will build us new power stations and a new capital city in Mt Hampden. We don't care about South Africa we will have our industries up and running in two months time! And we will make our President happy. He is now African Chairman and Sadc Chairman so his big salary is going to help the country build new power stations. And also we managed to sell the organ cut off from the Amai during that operation in Singapore for millions. What more can we ask for? We are having the greatest time of our lives, we are going to tar all roads in the country and build the first railway to the moon. Gushungo all the way!

Phaphamani - 5 March 2015

Oh dear, for year it is SA that gets power from ZIM

Tengenenge - 6 March 2015

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