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Eskom begins 400MW power supply to Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe owes Eskom over R349m in unpaid bills.

Eskom began exports of 400 megawatts into Zimbabwe on Friday, easing a protracted power crisis characterised by daily outages lasting up to 18 hours.

State-owned Zesa Holdings expects less electricity demand and sees the amount of time without electricity “definitely” falling, spokesman Fullard Gwasira said by phone from the capital, Harare.

Read: Zimbabwe, the country we don’t know how to survive

“We are currently receiving 400 megawatts from Eskom, most of our power stations are also running and the temperatures are also beginning to pick up and so some of the winter gadgets are beginning to be switched off,” Gwasira said.

Zimbabwe owes Eskom $23 million in unpaid bills and its Treasury has committed to weekly payments of $890 000 to clear the debt. Officials from the South African company didn’t immediately respond to queries on the power supply.

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400MW for Zimbabwe is probably sufficient…that’s a lot of extra power for a country, which economy is smaller than that of Ethekwini/Durban.

Yes, ANC govt…400MW is small for SA…about 1,5% of capacity. Please proceed. We as SA taxpayers are eager and stand ready to donate!

Without Jan and his arrival, this part of the world will have been paradise. No electricity needed.

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