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Zim faces 9 hour power cuts daily

2012-05-13 22:36

Harare - Zimbabwe's state power company says it is implementing power cuts of at least nine hours a day as the winter season begins in the southern African nation.

The Zimbabwe Electricity Company says the outages, known as load shedding, will affect homes, businesses and industries across the nation. Only major hospitals and strategic facilities will be excluded.

In a statement on Sunday, the company said during colder months it can only supply half the national demand for power. Demand peaks in winter.

It blamed breakdowns, aging equipment and financial problems that prevent them from importing power from the region.

In years of economic meltdown, Zimbabwe suffered regular poorly managed power outages of up to 20 hours a day while some areas escaped cuts because of inefficiency. The state weather office has forecast near freezing lows in coming weeks.

Comments
  • Gareth - 2012-05-13 22:52

    And I thought we were bad!

      Hadebe - 2012-05-13 23:22

      Gareth, u better think again, ure in paradise here, maybe the complaining will stop, huh!

      Ettiene - 2012-05-14 06:54

      o look the racist hadebe from the Zill comment is here. Ha-ha-ha I wish I can meet you in real life. It can only be funny

      balu.mqadi - 2012-05-14 07:06

      U guyz I kno black/white is de first thing u c when yo look a da person bt realy at dis day

      Gieljam - 2012-05-14 07:29

      This is all because of the Colonialists .They left a trail which became a crack running right from Cairo to the Cape.Had they not left we would have been better off.

      Gestoffle - 2012-05-14 08:28

      The headline has short-changed us, it should have read: "Zim faces 9 hour power cuts daily, but BOB faces none"

      Nigel - 2012-05-14 08:31

      more from racist Hadebe!

  • Ted - 2012-05-13 23:10

    The load shedding is from 8am to 5pm. And you expect the country to produce and get out of the whole?

      jack.oosthuysen - 2012-05-14 04:44

      The alternative will be to use generators and immediately they will deplete their fuel reserves.

  • justmaimane - 2012-05-13 23:18

    Now dats some real BS, 9hours is too much! i sense a staged global economic collapse, damn illuminati

      Jackie - 2012-05-14 11:04

      If only it was just 9 hours! They are lying!

  • Leendert - 2012-05-13 23:29

    They've never done anything to oust Mugabe, now they'll feel the effects to their bones.

      Jackie - 2012-05-14 11:07

      They are a very peaceful patient people. Sadly Bobs aim a few years ago was to make them go back to the homelands & leave the cities. The homelands are his power base. He swans in there ever now and then with aid that is for the whole country! And they think he is an absolute god bearing gifts. He is an evil monster

  • Koos - 2012-05-14 01:26

    Strange that the British is not blamed. What is going on with Bob? Is he getting soft on the Brits? Will South African taxpayers come to our strugle comrade's resque?

      ludlowdj - 2012-05-15 10:45

      expect increases in all good to finance the Bob bailout soon, at a tax office near you.

  • Mark Milligan - 2012-05-14 02:00

    Sad to see such a wonderful and beautiful country get run into the ground.

  • hein.helmand - 2012-05-14 06:03

    Whats rong with night shift,and sleep during the day.

  • Michael Kleber - 2012-05-14 06:31

    Zimbobwe is a mess the whole world can see that , the only ones who still believe all is well is ZANUPF and their supporters

      Gary - 2012-05-14 07:58

      You are wrong Michael.... you forgot to include the ANC!

  • Joseph - 2012-05-14 06:53

    This is the next step for SA with the crooket goverment we have

  • ac.nortje - 2012-05-14 06:53

    I hope Stephen Muzhingi remembers to thank comrade Bob for this after dedicating his comrades run to him.

      Frank - 2012-05-14 13:00

      it is a world wide thing-next war for ennergy nobody learns.

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-05-14 07:14

    Maybe if mr Mugabe stopped stealing public funds they could afford to fix the equipment. I can't understand why he is still in power. It's almost as of he has hypnotized everybody.

      Piet - 2012-05-14 07:20

      Mugabsh is like a Boswell Wilkie show .

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-14 08:30

      Piet, That is sooooo funny, it is hilarious, how did you come up with it ?? Keep it up man. We need more of this !! Ps, Did you give yourself this one thumb's up ?? Or was it your 'only' friend, Riaan ??

  • Johan - 2012-05-14 07:22

    We are getting close to Zim in this respect

  • Leonard - 2012-05-14 07:39

    what goes around comes around

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-05-14 07:48

    C'mon Bob stop being a slob & do your job! I bet Bob's Palace is fully powered...don't blame the Bossanova but APARTHEID!! Dumb f*ck!!

  • Gary - 2012-05-14 07:57

    "Only major hospitals and strategic facilities will be excluded"!! Haha. Any bets those stragic facilities include Mugabe and his MP cronies houses!!

  • Nigel - 2012-05-14 08:30

    yes, this is what happens when you put a fool in charge, where are the chinese now, Mugbe supporters???

  • Rob - 2012-05-14 09:17

    Another important step in the return of Zimbabwe to an african rurla society. Will the commentors on News 24 that idolise the measures taken by black bob please take note. It can happen here too, all it needs is the animals to completely take over the farm and disband the checks and balances that remain (with apologies to George and anyone offended by plain speaking).

  • Ken - 2012-05-14 09:26

    I think one would find that the infrastructural decay is because most of the equipment was installed during Smith's government. It can only get worse.

  • erneyb - 2012-05-14 09:58

    After the signing of the memorandum of understanding to promote tourism between S.A. and Zimbabwe, aren't we South Africans looking forward to go holidaying in Zimbabwe ? Oops, with power cuts of at least nine hours a day our holidays might turn out to be NAG(merrie) (NIGHTmare). The S.A. government should rather call it a memorandum of MISunderstanding. Esh, as I'm sure Zim officials came to S.A. to sign the m. o. (M)u. it gave them a chance to do some decent shopping.

  • Jackie - 2012-05-14 11:02

    This is nothing new in Zim. They have had no power for 20 hours most of the day. Its on for 4 and you never know which four. My poor Gran never knew when she could cook. A lot of people in the suburbs have generators but you cant always run them....theres a major shortage of fuel and thats been for more than a decade. The next thing is the water. They literally have no water for weeks on end. I know people who havent had water out of a tap for over a year! One of the biggest trades now is that they buy containers of water! And this is happeing in Harare the capital. Hard to believe that the country could literally get so trashed.

  • Michael - 2012-05-14 11:14

    hahahahaha cast back into darkness...f u Zimbabwe....Freedom to the people....its a joke how ince colonialistic goverment's leave the picture how ever is cast into chaos.....just the truth...

  • Michael - 2012-05-14 11:21

    i doubt it will ever happen that a black presidency can run a successfull goverment in the infinite years to come

      Tony - 2012-05-14 12:39

      Has there ever been a country successfully run by a black government? In my experience black people usually make good line-managers, but invariably fail to make good managers. Their propensity for unbridled corruption almost always taints their service delivery when placed in a position of supreme authority.

      Rob - 2012-05-14 13:22

      Some will say Haiti, after all it represents the total self determination of black culture/people. Never been there but, by any civilised value system, it looks like a disaster. And then out will come Cuba, shouting about health services. Despite the communistic glorification Cuba health is effective only for the elite. Plenty of references to that on the internet. So, I have been unable to identify a succesful black government, that is black in the sense of Afrocentric.

  • lasherza - 2012-05-14 11:25

    Ol Bob! .. single handedly destroyed a nation!...

  • Chumscrubber1 - 2012-05-14 12:15

    I see Mugabe cares greatly for the environment, doing his bit to curb global warming. Maybe he isn't so mad after all?

  • swannelm - 2012-05-14 19:08

    Follow @zanu_pf on twitter. It's hilarious. Particularly the response to someone who posted a link to this story.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-05-15 10:38

    Notice any similarities with the South African government? I thought so, two sides of the same coin. Wait, things are getting worse.

  • Chif Kwasi - 2012-05-16 12:56

    I think Zimbabwe is the perfect test country in Africa for IPP's. The government is not capable of supplying the required energy. There is hardly any funding for new coal projects on offer.

  • lovejoy.chirume - 2012-05-18 09:23

    I am glad I am not there right now. No TV during my leave, I would die.

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