'Load shedding to end in 18 months time,' says Mnangagwa

By Staff reporter | 27 Nov 2019 at 18:57hrs
Load shedding
President Emmerson Mnangagwa has assured the nation that current power challenges will end in 18 months' time, following the signing of a 2 000 Megawatt Solar Power deal between government and the United Arab Emirates.

Addressing thousands of youths at the Zanu-PF Youth League National Convention in Kadoma, President Mnangagwa revealed that the 2 000 megawatt solar power deal signed on Monday between Harare and Abu Dhabi should be the solution to the country's power challenges.

The country's power shortage woes worsened following the depletion of water levels in Lake Kariba which provides the resource for hydro power.

The President also responded to the issue of hindrances to artisanal mining and promised to deliberate with the Minister of Mines and Mining Development, with a view to coming up with a decision on whether to have exclusive prospecting orders in place or cancel them.

President Mnangagwa urged artisanal miners who fight over mining claims to stop violence using machetes and that government will come up with legislation that criminalises the possession of the weapon.

He also called for orderly and organised mining, including at David Whitehead textiles in Chegutu where a gold rush erupted weeks ago before the site was closed.



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