The Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF), the venue of the expo had no electricity, resulting in exhibitors failing to demonstrate their equipment to clients and also failing to make power point presentations.
Both foreign and local exhibitors who spoke to Radio VOP blasted the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) for the black out and the organisers for failing to have a backup plan.
George Huggigs, whose company is exhibiting underground mining locomotives, said his stand had no electricity for most of the morning despite assurances that power would be restored within minutes.
His sentiments were also echoed by George Moyo, the general manager of Bolt Gas an international industrial mining company.
“Since morning we have been doing nothing. We cannot show our clients videos of what our company offers. This is an international event which did not deserve electricity interruption. We are very disappointed,” said Moyo who is based in South Africa.
He said the blackout was unfortunate as the show had attracted several exhibitors.
Over 6,500 square metres of space was taken up by exhibitors to the show that is expected to be officially opened by Vice President Joice Mujuru on Thursday but ends on Friday. A total of 200 foreign and local exhibitors are participating.
Although ZESA’s spokesperson, Fullard Gwasira, could not be reached for comment, officials at the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) stand claimed that the electricity blackout was caused by a major fault.