Want to load-shed some weight? Go to Zimbabwe

2015-09-24 14:17


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Harare – Zimbabwe’s new power cuts are so severe that one local resident has joked she is losing weight because of it.

"The Zesa Weight Loss Programme is the most result-showing weight loss programme on the planet. I have not been able to cook for days now and you are absolutely right, I am load-shedding!" wrote resident, Lisa Fulton, in a post that was shared on Facebook community, 'What's up Harare'.

Zesa is the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority.

The electricity distribution company warned against using jacuzzis. "Domestic geysers, swimming pool pumps and jacuzzis should be switched off at peak times for more areas to have power," it said.

After days of complaints by the public following a sudden increase in rolling blackouts, Zimbabwe's state power utility on Thursday finally published its new 'summer shedding programme'.

According to the schedule, which took up two pages in the state-owned Herald newspaper, many suburbs of the capital Harare and beyond would have cuts every day, some of them lasting for 18 hours.

"The level and duration of load-shedding may go beyond the advertised schedules," warned the state-run Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company, a Zesa subsidiary.

Authorities blamed the intensification of power cuts on low water levels at Lake Kariba, limited power imports, and low generation at the main Hwange power station.

Harare’s Belgravia suburb, where some embassies are located, would have power cuts on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from 04:00 to 22:00. It would have no power on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 04:00 to 13:00. Many other suburbs and cities were similarly affected.

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