ZESA Says Low Consumer Tariffs Affecting Operations

Speaking at the Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce Congress 2010 and Business Leaders Forum, Engineer Patrick Chivaura, Zesa’s business Development Manager, told delegates: “There is need for cost effective tariffs to be implemented. The current tariffs achieve only 40% of the operations and maintenance.”

Chivaura also refuted allegations that Zesa spent 70% of its collected revenue on the wage bill and said the labour costs consumed about 10% of the total revenue that the utility collected.

Business people attending the congress mourned that without adequate supply of power, which they pointed out as one of the key enablers to economic growth, the Zimbabwe economy would not take off as anticipated by most Zimbabweans.

Chivaura also told the Zimbabwe business community that out  of six units at Hwange, five were now operational improving power supply in the country.

However the business community in Gweru said they had not yet felt the improvement and claimed the situation was actually “worsening”.

The Zesa representative said the country was supplying 1300 megawatts (mw)  visa-vis the suppressed demand of 2200mw, leaving a deficit of 900mw. The engineer said bill payments by all stakeholders among other measures was essential for the utility to be able to provide power that will contribute to economic growth.