Articles tagged 'power'

Pre-paid electricity meters too expensive 30 June 2018 EDITOR — While the move to have residents purchase their own household electricity pre-paid meters is a noble idea, there still lingers many questions regarding their accessibility. We acknowledge that Zesa Holdings has been hamstrung by residents who are neglecting their bills and therefore c...
Private firms import electricity meters 25 April 2018 HARARE - The first batch of prepaid electricity meters imported by private firms that were recently licensed to sell the gadgets to consumers has arrived in the country, a senior government official has said. This was after the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (Zera) in February licensed 1...
Moza, Zim, SA power project on cards 5 April 2018 HARARE - The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) is set to inject over $190 million towards the construction of a new power transmission line linking Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa (MoZiSa). The support by DBSA is through the Sadc Project Preparation and Development Facility (PPD...
Zesa disappointing residents 25 February 2018 EDITOR — New dispensation, my foot! Apparently we are being told this is a new era with improved service delivery and improved standard of living when Zesa Holdings cannot attend a minor fault in Chadcombe covering less than 20 houses? I am a resident in the area and we have been in darknes...
ED must walk the talk on corruption 28 December 2017 HARARE - One of the key pronouncements made by new Zanu PF leader and State President Emmerson Mnangagwa centred around the issue of graft, without doubt an impediment to national economic growth and the general advancement in the quality of life for ordinary Zimbabweans. Having promised to hi...
Govt's corruption blitz targets more bigwigs 27 December 2017 HARARE - Government's fight against corruption has gathered momentum with the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) widening its dragnet to include the private sector and local authorities where the anti-graft body is investigating tender scams which might have prejudiced government tens of ...
Anti-corruption blitz targets more bigwigs 27 December 2017 HARARE - Government's fight against corruption has gathered momentum with the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) widening its dragnet to include the private sector and local authorities where the anti-graft body is investigating tender scams which might have prejudiced government tens of ...
Crime busting unit targets Chivayo 20 December 2017 HARARE - An elite crime-busting unit run by government is going after flamboyant businessman Wicknell Chivayo over a string of energy deals entered with the Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) — a unit of Zesa Holdings. Controversy around the mega deals between ZPC and Intratrek Zimbabwe (Private) Li...
Chivayo woes mount 20 December 2017 HARARE - An elite crime-busting unit run by government is going after flamboyant businessman Wicknell Chivayo over a string of energy deals entered with the Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) — a unit of Zesa Holdings. Controversy around the mega deals between ZPC and Intratrek Zimbabwe (Private) ...
Mugabe is a lesson to those in power 2 December 2017 HARARE – At the height of his power, former president Robert Mugabe was elevated to deity status, his opponents were wantonly thrown into prison under the country’s nefarious laws such as Criminal Codification, and in Zanu PF he would fire his subordinates at the snap of a finger. Indeed absol...
Uncertainty grips solar projects 16 November 2017 HARARE - Mystery continues to surround the country’s solar projects after the Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) said it is on the market to raise funding for the projects. The State Procurement Board last year awarded tenders for solar power projects with a combined output of 300 megawatts (MW) to ...
Advertorial: Hastening energy access through reforming energy access 23 October 2017 WITH investment of the right amounts and types of finance, modern and sustainable energy access is within reach for poor families in developing countries. The energy access context: electricity and cooking Currently, some 4 million people every year – mainly poor women and children – die as...
Solar projects hit by funding challenges 17 October 2017 HARARE - Three major solar projects are hanging in the balance on the back of acute funding challenges, a junior minister said. Energy deputy minister Tsitsi Muzenda last week told the Senate that the $202 million Gwanda Solar Project, Munyati and Bulawayo-located Insunkamini project were all ...
Harare moves to turn organic waste into energy 31 August 2017 HARARE - Harare City Council (HCC) is awaiting government approval to launch power plants to convert waste into energy at Pomona landfill and Mbare bio-gas digesters. HCC spokesperson Michael Chideme told the Daily News:  “Work at Pomona is at an advanced stage in terms of awarding the contrac...
Zim Power Company records $25m profit 17 August 2017 HARARE - National power utility Zesa Holdings subsidiary — Zimbabwe Power Company — has become one of the few government entities to record a profit. The State-owned company’s managing director Noah Gwariro said ZPC has recorded a $25,3 million profit after tax for the year ended December 31, ...
'Parly didn't give fuel duty exemption to Dema Plant' 1 August 2017 HARARE - The Executive by-passed Parliament in giving fuel excise duty exemption to the controversial Dema Diesel Power Plant, a senior legislator has said. Sakunda, owned by Zanu PF benefactor Kuda Tagwirei, partnered President Robert Mugabe’s in-law Derrick Chikore, brother to Simba, who is ...
Dema power project dead in the water 21 July 2017 HARARE - The $250 million Dema Power Plant — set up to provide emergency power in the wake of electricity shortages due to low water levels in Kariba Dam — has been mothballed on the back of fuel challenges, it has been learnt. A short-term initiative implemented to alleviate the country's pow...
Crippling power cuts looming 20 July 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe's power imports for the first quarter of 2017 went up by about 10 percent as local production slumped 23 percent, a development that local energy experts anticipate to result in load shedding if not properly managed. With a local demand of about 1 400 Megawatts (MW), the coun...
Bindura sued over $116k Zesa debt 1 June 2017 HARARE - The Bindura Municipality (Bindura) has been dragged to the High Court for failing to pay a $116 000 Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) debt. ZETDC is a subsidiary of the State power utility Zesa Holdings. “The defendant (Bindura) is indebted/liable t...
Zimbos fear for the worst 24 May 2017 HARARE - There are growing fears among long-suffering Zimbabweans that the country is on the verge of a complete implosion — after it was confirmed earlier this week that the country is failing to pay its external electricity suppliers. This comes as stressed banks have also warned that the bo...
ZPC to ramp up power production 8 May 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe is expected to produce more electricity this year due to improved water levels at Kariba Dam, the Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) has said. This comes as the country endured power cuts almost daily last year due to a devastating drought in 2015 that saw water levels declining by...
Community solar project for Mhondoro Ngezi 19 March 2017 HARARE - Hundreds of households in Mhondoro Ngezi are set to benefit from a low cost solar system that was launched by government last week. The solar product can be used to power lights, irons, refrigerators and solar pumps and is being rolled out by Angaza, Greenlight Planet, Kiva Internatio...
Develop reliable energy sources 17 March 2017 EDITOR — The country must develop sustainable renewable energy sources to cushion the economy from the devastating effects of power shortages. It is imperative that our policy makers look into the aspect of energy provision with an inclination towards establishing our own reliable energy sourc...
Major boost for Intratrek power projects 23 February 2017 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe's government has given prescribed asset status (PAS) on two major energy deals, thus paving the way for the financing and construction of the key power projects with a combined 130 megawatts (MW) output of electricity. This also comes amid rumblings about the s...
Miners call for lower power tariffs 7 February 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwean miners have urged national power utility, Zesa Holdings, to reduce its electricity tariffs in an effort to boost the country’s mineral output. Mines minister Walter Chidakwa last week said he was lobbying for a special power tariff of $0,04 per kilowatt hour (kwh) from the ...