ZESA to ration electricity

The nation has been urged to reduce electricity consumption so as to lessen the impact of load-shedding which could be above 6 hours per day according to a schedule released by the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC).

The power utility company says it will be rationing electricity supplies as low water levels reduce output at the Kariba hydro power electric plant.

The drought experienced during the 2018-2019 season has seen water levels in Kariba, drastically declining from 69 percent in 2018 to 34 percent. 

The increased shortfalls in electricity have also been worsened by generation constraints at Hwange power station and limited imports according to a statement issued by the power utility through its official twitter page.

The statement notes that load shedding will be within the morning and evening peak periods of 5am to 10am and 5pm to 10pm respectively. However, the durations may be longer in the event of increased power shortfalls to avoid the collapse of the national electric grid.