Zesa sets the record straight on levels of load shedding
By Staff Writer | 14 Jul 2019 at 19:41hrs
The Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) says it has noted with concern gross misrepresentations by the Financial Gazette (Page 2 - 11th July 2019 edition) that ZESA Holdings is contemplating introducing a non-existent phase 4 load shedding schedule that would result in a four-day blackout to the nation.
The correct position is as follows:
- ZESA Holdings, in conjunction with stakeholders which include the
Shareholder, among the others, are engaging sister utilities to clear
arrears arising from prior power imports and also augment local supplies
to the nation.
- It is very worrying that Tabitha Mutenga, the
Features Editor from the Financial Gazette deliberately chose not to
seek clarification from ZESA on the power supply situation, but went
ahead to mass communicate an imagined and non-existent Level 4 load
shedding schedule, thereby causing unnecessary alarm and despondency to
- The current load shedding schedule comprises two
stages only, i.e. Stage 1 and Stage 2; - wherein Stage 1 denotes power
rationing scenario when the power supply gap is up to a deficit of
1000MW and Stage 2 calls for rationing when the deficit is more than
- The power utility and its key stakeholders are currently seized with finding lasting solutions to the power supply challenges currently facing the nation.
ZESA also wants to dismiss the social media messages to the effect that
the power utility has restricted electricity usage to 5 Watts per day.
Customers should rely only on information from the official ZETDC social
media sites and not forwarded messages on platforms such as WhatsApp.
ZESA apologises to its valued customers for the inconvenience being caused by extended hours of load shedding.