Moz cuts off power supply to Zimbabwe

2012-03-15 11:47

Harare - Mozambique has cut off electricity supply to Zimbabwe over unpaid debts totalling $75m, causing rolling power outages, Zimbabwe's energy minister said on Thursday.

"Hydro Cabora Bassa switched off supplies to Zimbabwe on Thursday or Friday last week over the money owed which is around $75m or $76m," Energy and Power Development Minister Elton Mangoma told AFP.

"We are now switching off defaulters as part of efforts to raise the money," he said.

Since Mozambique's Hydro cut off Zimbabwe, several suburbs of the capital Harare have gone for days without electricity, while other places suffer up to 10 hours of power cuts, as the utility Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa) comes under pressure to save power.

Zimbabwe needs 2 200 megawatts of electricity at peak but generates just 1 300 megawatts and imports the remainder, including 100 to 185 megawatts from Hydro Cahora Bassa.

Last month, Mangoma warned a parliamentary committee that Zimbabwe risked being cut off if it failed to settle its debt with Hydro.

He said Zesa had accumulated almost a billion dollars in unpaid electricity imports, unserviced loans and outstanding contributions to a joint power project with neighbouring Zambia.

The firm also plans to introduce pre-paid meters to improve its revenue collection.

Last year Zesa announced it would hand out more than 5.5 million power-saving fluorescent light bulbs to households across the country to curb consumption.

  • lydonmcg - 2012-03-15 11:56

    Wow...the grammar in this article is shocking.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-03-15 11:58

    Why wait until the bill was so high, they are well aware that the chances of it being settled are very slim indeed.

  • Jason - 2012-03-15 12:04

    How dare they! My god and saviour his highness Mugabe who will still rule us when he is a spirit has everything under control. We are now much better off in this beautiful country that he saved from the imperialist agents!

      Jason - 2012-03-15 12:34

      The lack of sarcasm recognition astounds me

  • Koos - 2012-03-15 12:13

    give them a bells!!!!! now for eskom to catch a wake up!!!!! come eskom.... you dont have the balls!!!!!!!!! bang gatte!

      Francois - 2012-03-16 05:54

      It is not Eskom's call, but government's. Government is a 100% shareholder of Eskom and can tell it what to do. If Eskom switches off the power, then Zuma cannot take a shower in Zim after talks and we don't want a HIV+ president (yet).

  • Victor - 2012-03-15 12:26

    Now is the time to open up a candle shop in Zim and make millions.

      masibiya1 - 2012-03-15 14:02

      or solar powered lanterns

      Kagiso - 2012-03-19 17:55

      generators and battery powered lighting

  • Marcel - 2012-03-15 12:35

    I much of that billion dollar debt (that will be written off) can be apportioned back to the RSA tax payer?

  • phinda.buthelezi - 2012-03-15 12:42

    Zimbabwe is useless.

      Paul - 2012-03-15 19:17

      ...says the fellow who hails from the area with the poorest education and the highest incidences of violent crime, rape and fatherless children in Southern Africa and beyond. What staggering anti foreigner ignorance. Ha!

  • Andre - 2012-03-15 12:57

    How much is due to us?

  • Kevin - 2012-03-15 14:27

    Do we know how much Zimbabwe owes South Africa? Maybe the Government has written the debt off to appease the struggle comrades.

  • Irene - 2012-03-15 15:02

    LOL! So it's not just the 'evil' west that's pulling the plug on old Bob.

  • mario.b.ndlovu - 2012-03-15 15:05

    just last week Mugabe was saying Zim IS better than SA what is better here what empowering of blacks is this no power no food no work no health system absolute nothing is this what he calls better

  • FinalJustice - 2012-03-15 17:22

    Well played Uncle Bob, you useless imbecile bad excuse for a dictator, you! Such a brilliant example of how to run an African county, shaitfaced moron, you pig-bellied old kook, you. No need to wonder where the deficit in power supply will come from now: Zambia? Malawi? Namibia? Rwanda? Nooooo, no one than but good willing to pay SA consumer. Like it's not enough to look after our own unemployed masses down here ...

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  • Richard - 2012-03-16 11:25

    My mate who sells generators in Harare is going to make a bunch fortune! Next trip to Kariba is on him! Still its sad to see what has happened to a once great country. 10 years ago I thought Zim had a chance of recovery, not now

      comurray - 2012-03-16 16:31

      Generators need petrol to run, they don't have petrol either. SHAME.

  • Gert - 2012-03-16 15:22

    How can the ugly mozambique do this to their uncle?--he is the best guy in africa. He used all zims money for shopping and he probably bought expensive electronic stuff and now he can't even use it- Sis on you Mozambique. Now he will probably move to SA for free and use free electricity here. malema his true big Bud will be his host.

  • Dave - 2012-03-17 00:19

    Well people that’s what happens when you run a country into the ground... simple as that. I feel for the individuals that are trying to make changes for the better, but for those that still think Mugabe and his thugs are African "heroes", well enjoy black out Africa.

  • Lion - 2012-03-20 07:37

    I was reading all these comments and I wondered... Where are all those idiots who always praise their Hero? They run their foul mouths on every blog about him, but when the sh@t hits the fan and reality kicks in you don't hear from them. Makes me think that they are only commenting to get a reaction and to stir trouble amongst black and white people on the blog with their useless comments. I am afraid to say that we are on the same road in this country if something is not done soon to change the leadership of this country. I don't belong to any political part but I will definitely start to support the DA. They are the only worth while opposition in this country who can stop sh@t like this. Helen Zille for president!!!

  • rowan.maulson - 2012-03-22 11:50

    Zim only uses 2200megawatts at peak? Seriously?!?!?!

  • Christopher - 2012-03-22 12:27

    Maybe...finally this will push the Zimbabwe people over the edge, and mobilize and kill and slaughter Bob and his greedy family:)

  • mapepaki - 2012-07-10 15:08

    Take the $76m from Mugabes little stash outside the country and pay the damn bill. Next election he will be voted in again what is it with this madman how does he keep the vote? oh I know its rigged.

  • Lydia Christenson - 2015-04-28 13:03

    well about time -and I wish Escom will stop the supply to the neighbours and look after south africans FIRST!!!!!!

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