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Zimbabwe power cuts to persist for 10 years

2012-07-28 07:26

Nyanga - Energy-starved Zimbabwe will suffer longer and more frequent power shortages for the next 10 years, a senior official said on Friday.

The country's power utility will extend blackouts until it can boost capacity, Patson Mbiriri, secretary for energy and power development, told an annual congress of the Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries.

"By 2022 that's when we will be able to generate enough power for domestic and industrial power," Mbiriri said.

Zimbabwe needs about 2 200MW of electricity at peak consumption but generates just below 1 300MW, while relying on imports to fill the gap.

Due to ageing equipment, power generation is often disrupted following breakdowns. In most cases, the generators operate below capacity.

In recent months, Zimbabwe could only afford to import 25MW from nearby countries after major electricity suppliers in the region turned off the switches over non-payment of dues.

"Most of our woes in terms of blackouts will end in 2015," Mbiriri said.

Energy Minister Elton Mangoma recently said Zimbabwe has whittled its debt to power providers to under $20m from around $100m in a bid to resume imports.

There are plans to revamp the northern Kariba hydro-power station and the Hwange thermal power station in the west of the country.

Comments
  • Theo Ferreira - 2012-07-28 07:36

    Its the damned imperialists who didn't build enough power generation in the 70's, that's the root cause. Damn agents.

      scouter.fourone - 2012-07-28 07:56

      Together with the fact that preventative maintenance and forward planning is a concept unfamiliar to Africa - work it until it breaks and then scratch head in surprise.....

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-07-28 08:10

      They should just shut down the power stations completely. Go back to doing things the African way. Then they would be properly indigeninsing. They shouldn't want foreign imperialist concepts like electricity

      ian.teall - 2012-07-28 10:01

      Question: What did they use in Zimbabwe before they started using candles? Answer: Electricity.....

  • trevor.pietersen.3 - 2012-07-28 07:37

    power cuts??? is that Robert's power???

  • iceman196 - 2012-07-28 07:50

    but no worries bob and grace do there shopping in hong kong so no worries for them, stuff the pepulllllllllll

  • marcusvandermerwe - 2012-07-28 08:11

    It's weird how people in SA have an example of how a country can fail right on its doorstep and still follow that example.

  • terence.wessels - 2012-07-28 08:13

    Hahahahahaaaa! Wow Bob has done such a great job ne? Life is awesome without those stupid imperialist whites! Hahaha. Keep on voting Zanu PF people of Zim!

  • victor.musakwa - 2012-07-28 08:14

    The only thing our liberation movements don't knw is that all the developments I.e city hospitals, power station etc which wre developed during the oppression time , wre nt for every1 bt the minority, so instead of corruption, abusing their entrusted positions and offices to feeding their big tummies and sponsor lavish style for close elites, they wre suppose to look on the majority and develop the black community 1stly wen thet,This is the DeFall of the liberation movements, Tym is running Out

      oneant.kasinski - 2012-07-28 10:00

      So its not really a liberation movement then, is it? And all these things you talk about where essentially handed over to you on a silver platter. Your problem is you blame and break, instead of accept and build.

      boltonbarry - 2012-07-28 10:49

      Victor you have a point. its amazing how quickly actually the "movement" forgot the they were suppose to make the country a better place

  • victor.musakwa - 2012-07-28 08:14

    The only thing our liberation movements don't knw is that all the developments I.e city hospitals, power station etc which wre developed during the oppression time , wre nt for every1 bt the minority, so instead of corruption, abusing their entrusted positions and offices to feeding their big tummies and sponsor lavish style for close elites, they wre suppose to look on the majority and develop the black community 1stly wen thet,This is the DeFall of the liberation movements, Tym is running Out

  • victor.musakwa - 2012-07-28 08:15

    The only thing our liberation movements don't knw is that all the developments I.e city hospitals, power station etc which wre developed during the oppression time , wre nt for every1 bt the minority, so instead of corruption, abusing their entrusted positions and offices to feeding their big tummies and sponsor lavish style for close elites, they wre suppose to look on the majority and develop the black community 1stly wen thet,This is the DeFall of the liberation movements, Tym is running Out

  • julie.j.vanrensburg - 2012-07-28 08:51

    Ten to one Zuma and his sycophants will issue a decree that we must supply FREE power to their 'gatgabbas' in Zimbabwe, while our tariffs are drastically increased to pay for all this...

  • bob.small.7547 - 2012-07-28 08:58

    Well done Bob...!

  • michael.barns.1 - 2012-07-28 09:42

    only white magic can fix it now

  • courtney.baird.71 - 2012-07-28 09:46

    so will South Africa........we are also on this road of destruction!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • max.maxwell - 2012-07-28 09:55

    Welcome to "Darkest Africa", where the only places with electricity are the politicians'houses!

  • patsy.smith.125 - 2012-07-28 10:07

    I'll bet Mugabe won't be without electricity.

  • anakin.skyvader - 2012-07-28 10:09

    "Zimbabwe needs about 2 200MW of electricity at peak consumption but generates just below 1 300MW, while relying on imports to fill the gap"...so from where exactly does Zimbabwe's imported electricity come from? It CAN'T BE from any country that also has whites in their population : refer to article: "Don't lean against whites, says Mugabe" [http://www.news24.com/Africa/Zimbabwe/Dont-lean-against-whites-says-Mugabe-20120727] : "There are some among us who are leaning a lot against the whites. If you lean on these people and fail to see that you are being used, then you are a fool," he said in Zimbabwe's Shona language. So I reckon the time has come to shut off ALL electricity exports from SA to Zimbabwe, that way our spare capacity on the grid will improve and mad Mugabe can be satisfied that he's not using one milliwatt of our white man's electricity (a Western imperialist colonial invention anyway).

  • charles.gregory.7906 - 2012-07-28 10:26

    I don't see african names by these coments there was so many yesterday at don't lean an white people

      scouter.fourone - 2012-07-28 10:54

      Civil Servants don't work Saturdays, Charles .......

  • karl.huyberechts - 2012-07-28 12:06

    I think they forgot a O

  • Busani - 2012-07-28 13:52

    Mugabe: "who cares, ive got my own big ass generator"

  • issah.zuze - 2012-07-28 14:22

    call the whites back, they can ficts it in two years and you can chase them again...

  • castro.anzi - 2012-07-28 18:28

    cowards don't seem to understand a simple fact - change is pain

  • Pridie Makoya Mnguni - 2012-07-28 20:36

    Why would someone comment and say whites can change that situation only, its undermining black race. Its so racist, cause as far as lm concerned there are more black people who hate Mugabe and can rebuild that country. its not a matter of race but fighting against corrupt tyrants.

      nit.wit.79 - 2012-07-29 00:26

      Pridie, if there are so many black people who hate Mugabe then why is he still in power? From president Mbeki's quiet diplomacy to Mugabe's standing ovations in Mozambique, Swaziland and even president Zuma's inauguration, it's quite clear that the majority of black people love the tyrant.

      Lacrimose - 2012-07-29 00:48

      @nit.wit.79 - Mugabe is still in power because his adherents run the police, military, economy. Also at every election they terrorise and torture people into voting. Even when the elections are found to be not free and unfair, what is to be done when the victors have all the guns, and decide who eats and who does not? As for the ovations you mention, please note Bob never gets them in his own country. There's no love of a tyrant anywhere in history - it's a matter of indoctrination and survival.

  • Vickela Mumby - 2012-07-29 07:45

    Damn!

  • nqabutho.mkandla.3 - 2012-08-02 13:38

    We hev the skill n of course not the monie so y can't those silly old men up there stop stealing diamonds for their wives to go shopping overseas and jus build pwrstations.

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