POWER utility Zesa Holdings is developing load-shedding schedules which will be availed to all customers through different media platforms.
Responding to questions from Sunday News, Zesa acting spokesperson Ms Prisca Utete said load-shedding schedules were being developed and will soon be availed to the customers.
“Load-shedding schedules are being developed and will be availed to all customers through various media platforms.
“The supply challenges that are being faced are as a result of two units having been taken out at Kariba South Hydro Power Station, one on a 42-day statutory annual maintenance with effect from 13 August 2021 and the other having been taken out to facilitate for the dam wall maintenance,” said Ms Utete.
She said another unit at Hwange Thermal Power Station has also been taken out on a 10-day statutory annual maintenance. Ms Utete said the scheduled maintenance programmes have resulted in power supply constraints with the power utility augmenting the available power supplies with other alternative sources.
“Zesa is augmenting the available power supplies with other alternative sources that include imports to minimize the effects of load-shedding. Consumers are advised to use the available power sparingly.”
She said the power utility was also in the process of addressing challenges associated with delays in fault recovery.
Ms Utete said such delays were being caused by the general shortage of spares and vehicles.
“Zesa has taken a deliberate strategic intervention of re-equipping the business through replenishing such materials and equipment, including operational motor vehicles to expedite the response rate of the power utility to customer needs,” she said.
Ms Utete said so far, more than 300 operational motor vehicles have been availed to all the regions of the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC). Ms Utete said they remained positive and hopeful that once the target of the required number of such vehicles has been reached, such delays in response to faults will be solved.
In terms of theft and vandalism, she said: “The high prevalence rate of electrical faults in Bulawayo and most parts of the country are being caused by theft and vandalism that is accounting for more than 70 percent of unplanned power rages.”
Ms Utete said consumers are advised to avoid interfering with the electricity infrastructure in the interest of continued service delivery as well as their safety.