Zimbabwe faces blackout

2012-07-10 14:06

Cape Town - Zimbabwe could be plunged into darkness if workers in the country’s energy sector carry out their threat of a nationwide strike and switch off power over a salary dispute, Newsday reported on Tuesday.

The Zimbabwe Energy Workers’ Union (Zewu) on Monday issued a 72-hour ultimatum to Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa) Holdings and other private players to effect a salary award granted to the employees in June.

According to the report, Zesa is already battling to meet the country’s electricity demands, resulting in serious power load-shedding that has seriously affected the economy.

Zewu president Angeline Chitambo told journalists in the capital that they had resolved to embark on the strike after Zesa chief executive Josh Chifamba reneged on implementing the new salary structure awarded to the energy sector by arbitrators on 18 June.

“We have given Chifamba 72 hours to respond to our management in a meaningful engagement and people should not be surprised if they wake up without electricity,” Chitambo said.

“We have written so many letters and I don’t think this blackout is going to be news to Chifamba. It will only be news to him if he takes us for granted.”

Zesa spokesperson Fullard Gwasira has since sought to downplay the blackout threat, saying there were mechanisms in place to secure power supply services in the country.

  • bradley.kecskes - 2012-07-10 14:28

    Please do it!!!

      lungisani.mguni.9 - 2012-07-10 15:53

      We are always in dark (i mean everyday ) so wht so special ngethursday.

  • Michaele - 2012-07-10 14:42

    Zim has been in the dark for years now, what's new!! Out with RM.

  • templar.known - 2012-07-10 15:06

    There are actually functioning power plants in Zim? You learn something every day.

      felix.feline.3 - 2012-07-10 15:19

      They'll probably just unplug the cables from SA and Mozambique.

  • Clive - 2012-07-10 15:06

    Gwasira said that they have mechanisms in place to secure power supply services. He is damn right, 'Eiskom' will be called upon and after that, get told to charge the South African consumer with the expenses incurred. As usual, we subsidize Africa.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-10 17:17

      It's called Ubuntu, an idea foreign to you.

      Eduannn - 2012-07-10 18:15

      Ubuntu - another pre-historic concept that has no meaning nor value in a modern world. Unbuntu will NEVER feed 1 billion Africans. Did you hear about the guy who placed a bet on Roger Federer and won. Guess where those BRITISH pounds are going to. To feed 10 000 Somalians!!! That is called LUCK and has more value in today's world than your useless 'Ubuntu'.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-10 19:18

      It has no value to you, which is fine, but amongst Africans this concept is practised daily.

      Eduannn - 2012-07-10 20:13

      The words 'care about' is good enough for me - but that does not mean that 'common sense' should not also prevail. That is the problem with Ubuntu - there is no common sense attached to it (in a modern world where the needs of billions have to be catered for - not just small tribes as in the past - it used to be relevant then) - therefore it has become archaic. - 2012-07-10 20:21

      Hey fidel you should go talk your ubuntu crap to your pal zuma and his corrupt theives.The idea is certainly foreign to them !!!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-11 04:36

      Fidel, Your comments are getting more weird by the day !! Ubuntu ?? No, it is called "supporting dictatorships" Maybe you are Black, but be rest assured, you are an enemy of most Zimbabweans !!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-11 11:44

      To reduce the sum of a billion people to Zuma and the ANC is pathetic.

      Clive - 2012-07-12 09:51

      @fidel. You have it all wrong my friend. You have heard of something and do not know how and where to apply it. Ubuntu is to share what you have with people in need and not with useless greedy governments. I make the assumption that whatever you got, even electricity, was given to you free of charge.

  • max.maxwell - 2012-07-10 15:10

    What's the bet all of a sudden we have outages here in S.A. as our Government rushes to give Bob free electricity? Electricity that we ultimately pay for through higher electricity prices!

      Tommo - 2012-07-11 00:56

      Let us give Bob an Escom party too

  • rowan.maulson - 2012-07-10 15:16

    Why don't we just switch them off anyway? Its not like they provide much of their own power anyway.

  • kwill16 - 2012-07-10 15:23

    Darkest Africa

  • NatashaDawnQuinn - 2012-07-10 16:01

    Oh Bob, what next you old geezer!

  • rachell.lass - 2012-07-10 16:07

    Just flush the country away, already... Who cares ?

      martin.britchford.5 - 2012-07-10 16:36

      neutron bomb, no need destroying the inrastructure that remains, just all living creatures, we can populate in like 20 000 years or something lol

  • Michael - 2012-07-10 16:20

    expect a full military anterage to face up against these agents.

  • gennath - 2012-07-10 16:24

    I'm just surprised they have the guts to do it. I'd imagine consequences for striking are somewhat more severe in Zim than in SA... which might explain the severity of the threat.

  • Vince.York - 2012-07-10 20:42

    Who gets the BEE certificate for Blackening and Transforming the place so effectively?

  • badballie - 2012-07-11 11:23

    As long as uncle Bob has the support of the cANCer they will simply get the South African tax payer to foot the bill for electricity Eskom gives them.

  • tatsee - 2012-07-12 19:03

    Geez,zvichapera rinhiko?

  • pisciotta - 2012-09-07 00:30

    Love it.

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