Chasi off to SA for fresh power indaba

By Staff reporter | 24 Jul 2019 at 15:26hrs
Energy minister Fortune Chasi will next week travel to South Africa in a bid to convince that country's power utility Eskom to resume exporting 350 megawatts of electricity to Zimbabwe following massive load-shedding bedevilling the country.

Eskom flatly refused to increase electricity output to Zimbabwe despite the visit by a high-powered delegation from Zesa Holdings recently.

THE South African entity currently supplies Zimbabwe with just 50MW and is insisting that Zesa clears the US$27 million arrears before the resumption of normal wattage.

"I will be travelling to South Africa soon for discussions around power. Like I said, the fact that we paid them US$10 million three weeks ago does not mean they will resume giving us power. We still have to hold discussions.

"In the meantime, I am still studying the report by the delegation which went to meet Eskom," said Chasi.

The minister could not say whether they will pay Eskom the outstanding debt or not.



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