ZESA TO ENGAGE ESKOM OVER DEBT
Written by yafmnews on June 6, 2019
Disaster befell two men at Mataga Growth Point yesterday afternoon as fire razed two cars when two petrol dealers were offloading petrol from a Toyota Raum destroying surrounding properties.
Speaking to Great Dyke News Correspondent Handsome Shumba, the owner of the garage one Charumbira said the two were offloading petrol when the fire started.
Eye witnesses that spoke to the same correspondent said the fire started when the man answered a call in the garage pit.
The recent fuel shortages have seen a marked increase in the illegal trade, transportation and storage of fuel and the Zimbabwe Republic Police has called on members of the public to report anyone who they know is trading or storing fuel illegally.
The Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority is this week thrashing out a payment plan relating to a US$33 million debt for power imports with South African power supply company Eskom.
ZESA acting chief executive Engineer Patrick Chivaura last week said the power utility has a payment plan which the RBZ is supporting but is nowhere near what Eskom is expecting.
Zimbabwe has a deficit of between 300MW and 600MW, which has necessitated load shedding. The power situation in the country comes as Zimbabwe’s second biggest power plant, Hwange Power Station, is facing challenges due to antiquated equipment and foreign currency limitations. Instead of its usually dependable capacity of 700MW, Hwange can now manage a maximum of 500MW at best.
Parliamentarians in the Midlands Province have applauded the efforts of the Zimbabwe Republic Police in curbing violent crime in the province’s mining towns.
Zhombe Constituency Member of Parliament Edmore Samambwa said mining related violent crime has dropped significantly because of campaigns by the Zimbabwe Republic Police.
Speaking recently Midlands Provincial Affairs Minister Senator Larry Mavhima deplored mining related violence in the area.
The tail end of the year 2018 saw a marked increase in cases of violent crime in the Midlands Province as the so called “Mabhemba Boys” terrorized the mining towns of Mberengwa, Zvishavane, Kwekwe and Shurugwi.