SENIOR STAFF WRITER
AUTHORITIES are mulling effecting another round of electricity price increases to prevent the country from plunging into a debilitating power crisis like the one that was experienced last year, the Daily News reports.
“Now the challenge that we were experiencing is that we are still getting the imports, but the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) have been failing to service their debts with EDM and HDB.“We are trying to be up to date with Eskom as much as we can, but because of the low tariffs that we were having since March up to now, which were not cost reflective, the utility has accrued quite a huge debt, almost US$90 million that should be paid,” Mudyiwa said, while responding to a question from Harare East MP Tendai Biti.
“Now coming to the problem of where we are having load shedding here and there, it is all because of the outages that we are experiencing … at Hwange Thermal Power Station.“Hwange Thermal Power Station should generate more than 500MW, but at the moment, like the report that we got today (Wednesday), it is about 300MW because we are operating with only two units,” she told Parliament.“The other three units are out and need to be repaired. I am sure you are aware that two of those machines have been down since last year … and the work of repairing them could not go ahead because of the lockdown.“The engineers who are supposed to come from Italy and some from South Africa have not come to continue with the repairs,” Mudyiwa added.