Zimbabwe’s power utility company, ZESA, said that even though the newly opened electricity import line with South Africa helps, it does not eliminate load shedding.
They explained that the main problem is the drastically reduced power generation capability at Kariba dam.
Importing from Eskom still does not make up for the Kariba deficit.
The company posted on Twitter: “Whilst we have Eskom power, the reason for load shedding is low water levels at Kariba which was generating 1050MW and is now down to 277MW. Eskom power doesn’t eliminate load shedding. It just reduces it to manageable and bearable levels.”
Zimbabwean residents had hoped that load shedding would come to an end following the announcement that Zimbabwe is now getting 400MW of power from South Africa.
However, ZESA has not released a new load shedding schedule since the Eskom import deal.
Load shedding in the country was upgraded to level 2 in mid-June.
Koketso Ramorei is a journalist and news editor of SADC News with years of experience in a number of genres including sports, politics and community reporting. He has worked for a numerous publications including The Citizen Newspaper and is a former editor of a Johannesburg-based off-campus publication called The Waldorfian Times.