'Blackouts to end in 2017'

HARARE - Zimbabwe hopes to boost its power capacity by the end of 2017 and end a series of rolling blackouts, Energy minister Samuel Undenge said yesterday.

This means Zimbabweans will continue experiencing severe load-shedding for “another year or two”, the minister said.

This comes as power generation has become a serious political and economic issue due to cuts that frequently last hours, raising the cost of doing business, hampering the economy and angering voters.

“The government is not sitting on its laurels,” Undenge told reporters on the sidelines of the National Solar Water Heating Programme launch in Harare yesterday.

“We have taken steps to insure that we increase our imports of power from Cabora Bassa, especially and that the generation projects which are there are speeded up so that in a year or two they will be no more load shedding.

“I have instructed Zesa to come up with a fair schedule of load-shedding. There have been cases where some places were experiencing more load-shedding against others”

Zesa Holdings has said Hwange, a coal-fired station in the west and Kariba hydro plant in the north, which jointly produce 90 percent of Zimbabwe’s power, would undergo maintenance until October 7, while Kariba, which has cut back on generation due to low water levels, would see its maintenance stretch to January 28.

Undenge, who is heading off increasing calls for his dismissal, said government is embarking on energy-saving measures which include  encouraging the use of LPG gas for cooking in order to conserve power.

“I am looking at other areas of ameliorating power cuts,” he said.

“There are win projects which are well on the way to being implemented. These include the re-powering of Bulawayo Thermal Station, the Harare repowering project, the Munyati repowering project, and the Mutare emergency peaking plant. These quick-win projects will add 340MW to the national grid.”


Comments (15)

in time for the 2018 elections? vanhu ngatisvinurei mhani!!!

josphat mugadzaweta - 1 October 2015

April fools must have come early. Anyone who believes this tosh has no mental capacity to vote.

Galore 123 - 1 October 2015

this is just poli-tricks, nothing more, if they are sincere why cant they import to argument the deficit? you can fool some people sometimes but you can not fool all the people all the times.

ad zoo - 1 October 2015

"The government is not sitting on its laurels....” Says Mr Undenge. Honestly comrade minister, does this government have any laurels to sit on? As far as I know, such a statement is used by someone who has achieved great things already, and is thus guarding against complacency. I don't think it applies here.

WKMZ - 1 October 2015

You seem to be living in reverie cde minister, easier said than done! Promise after promise and no fulfillment of the same. Even if the monkey may claim sameness with the baboon, who doesn't know the truth?

Chief Buffalo - 1 October 2015

ZANU PF,after 35years in power need not be campaigning to win any elections in Zimbabwe now! If there was willingness on their part ,if there was real patriotism and love for the people in the whole country ,on their part,they would have accomplished great things,so that instead of campaigning they`d just point to their accomplishments,and we all would be voting them willingly. Imagine how many voters they`d gotten on their side eternally if they`d completed the nobbly begun Zambezi Water Project? If the farm redestrubution could`ve been done in a method of one farm per one farmer. If dam construction and irrigation infrasructure was made a priority. This is only in agriculture.

Onward - 1 October 2015

With all due respect minister, maybe you should, yourself, do an excercise on Load shedding fairness, what you say should be done and what is actually happening on the ground are two very different things, out of 31 hours we have had 5 hours power, still off and still counting.

puzzled - 1 October 2015

The minister must have forgot or to consult the V. P. His lies are incomplete because surely some one must have stolen fuses , for these power plants to shut down, just like the stolen " valve " at Beira plant. "A quick win project is for vendors not National GVT. The country is going nowhere slowly. All GVt thieves must surrender their loot and build a new power plant.

X-MAN IV - 1 October 2015

Solar power is a viable alternative as it will reduce import bill if expanded adequately and rationally

Dee - 1 October 2015

This Zanu Pf government is full of clueless people who are only good at bootlicking and condemning the West all the time.Since independence no investments were made in power generation to add to what Smith's regime left.There has been massive extensions of cities taking a toll on the insufficient national grid supplies,without any future plans in place to augment the current sources of supply.Madhara gadzirirai varikusara remangwana kwete kushaya zano kwenyu uku kunonyadzisa.

Talismatic - 2 October 2015


ALEXIO - 2 October 2015

Underage clearly does not know what he is talking about and so does RGM who appointed and is defending him. Without accepting failure, there is no solution. No 300MW before 2018!

Okech - 3 October 2015

Underage should read Undenge.

Okech - 3 October 2015

why2017. You want to woo people to vote for you come 2018. but people know a lot better now. you can fool some people sometimes but you can not fool all the people all the time.

pride - 3 October 2015

All farms around cities belonging to state must be converted to solar Farms like all elite countries with the climate changes around and less rainfall this will be the only long term power supply for now and the future generation not to think of power stations in ruins state

EVARITI - 13 October 2015

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