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Zim, Zambia mines ramp up output on Eskom deal

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Harare - Eskom's provision of excess electricity to Zimbabwe and Zambia and slowly replenishing water levels in the Kariba dam have helped stabilise power supplies in South Africa's neighbouring countries, allowing mining operations across the region to intensify production.

The power utility has agreed to supply excess electricity amounting to 300MW to both Zimbabwe and Zambia. It also has other various agreements with regional countries such as Botswana and Namibia to supply electricity under protocol for the Southern African Power Pool.

The region is facing acute power shortages, while Eskom has also urged Lesotho and Swaziland to use power sparingly to help SA avoid load shedding. The power shortages caused companies to scale back on production and incur extra expenses running generators during power cuts.

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