Improve power supply to enhance capacity utilisation
EDITOR — The continuing and deepening power crisis is not just affecting individuals or residential areas but industries as well that are being forced to go for hours without power, making production almost impossible.
According to press reports, Zimbabwe is currently experiencing serious power cuts, in a development that has incapacitated a number of manufacturers, who have also cut on their working time.
This is just too much even for a household, what more for a company that needs to produce basic but essential commodities.
In my opinion as long as there is no water and electricity, which companies obviously need for production of various basic commodities, then definitely shortages are coming without any doubt.
Suppliers are now failing to provide adequate merchandise due to the decline in production.
“Right now if you look at a number of retailers they are actually running on generators and this is not sustainable … because it also pushes up the costs of running a business.
“We are also afraid that if the power issue is not addressed it may even cause some product shortages because right now manufacturers, and a lot of our suppliers, are also facing the same challenge and they are not doing adequate production,” he said.
It is true that even the companies that can run generators cannot sustain long hours as the fuel that is needed to run the generators is also expensive and in short supply.
Surely what does the government expect businesses to do in this situation, something needs to be done urgently.
From the look of things even if the industries try and increase the pricing of these basic commodities still they will not be able to meet demand.
What is likely to happen is that most of these commodities will start disappearing from the shelves and being sold on the black market at exorbitant prices.
Manufacturers are definitely in a catch-22 situation as alternative energy also means a rise in cost of doing business.
Even if they decide to change their working hours to suit the availability of power this might mean additional costs because they will be forced to provide transport for workers during these odd times and the fact that there is no definite load-shedding schedule presents many other complications.
Government needs to solve this problem as a matter of urgency otherwise many businesses will be forced to close.
If these problems are not attended to, things will grind to a halt and getting things to start running again will be a mammoth task. The power crisis needs to be solved now.