It warned in a statement that the maintenance exercise, which will last for about a week, will see the country lose 250 megawatts of electricity. This comes at a time when business people and ordinary people have been complaining about power cuts in the last decade with no improvement.
Alternative arrangements had been made with other regional utilities to augment supplies although such supplies may not be availed during peak hours. As a result load shedding may intensify and Zesa said it may be forced to depart from publicised schedules.
Zimbabwe has been facing power shortages over the years due to among others, the use of obsolete equipment at the two main power stations of Hwange thermal and Kariba. The country has not invested in any new energy projects but has been exporting almost half of its requirements to neighbouring countries like Mozambique and Zambia.