Did you know? Zimbabwe imports about 300 megawatts (MW) of electricity per day from South Africa’s power utility Eskom.
According to Herald newspaper South Africa’s state-owned power utility Eskom could cut supplies of about 300 MW to neighbouring country Zimbabwe by the end of this month if Harare fails to clear their debt.
Zimbabwe and South Africa enjoys huge billateral relations recently enhanced by the meeting between President Jacob Zuma and President Robert Mugabe. Millions of Zimbabweans are working and doing business in South Africa following sanctions by the western countries and United States due to land grabs.
Apparently Zimbabwe owes Eskom about 603 million rand ($44.5 million), of which 119 million rand is outstanding arrears.
Shortages of foreign currency have seen the southern African nation struggle to pay for imports.
The Herald quoted a letter from Eskom’s acting chief executive Matshela Koko telling Zimbabwe state power company ZESA it had failed to stick to an agreed payment plan.
Zimbabwe produces 1,051 MW of power per day, with another 350 MW coming from imports, against demand of 1,500 MW.