|National Power Company overview|
|National Power Company executive||Eng Josh Chifamba|
|Contact Numbers: +263 4 773302/04-10|
+263 4 773314/16/18/19/24/28-31/34,
The Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority, (ZESA) under the Ministry and Energy and Power Development was established as the producer, distributor, and regulator of Zimbabwe’s electrical power by Act in 1981 and formed in 1985. It has a number of subsidiary companies with various specialties in power generation, transmission distribution, regulation and communications.
Since then we have had the Electricity Acts of 1985, 1988, 1990, 1992, and 2001, which formed the current ZESA. Two acts, the Electricity Act (Chapter 13:19) and the Rural Electrification Fund Act (Chapter 13:20) refer.
This Act also formed the Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC), Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission Company (ZETCO), (now ZETDC), Zimbabwe Electricity Distribution Company (ZEDC), ZESA Enterprises and PowerTel Communications.
Under the established structure, all power generation assets and operations are under the Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) formed in October 1996. Distribution assets (the grid) and supply functions fall under the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC). ZESA Enterprises (ZENT), is comprised of four business units namely ZESA Technology Centre, Production and Services, Transport Logistics and Projects.
A separate Rural Electrification Fund, a Board and Agency, have been set up under the Rural Electrification Fund Act, passed in January 2002. The Agency is administering a special fund to finance the rural electrification projects
- Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC)
This was formed in 1996 as an investment vehicle in the generation of electricity and became operational in 1999. The organisation has been authorised to construct, own, operate and maintain power generation stations for the supply of electricity. ZPC currently operates four coal fired power stations, Hwange, Bulawayo, Munyati and Harare thermal stations, and one hydro power station, Kariba South Power Station.
In June 2019 they produced about: Hwange – 520MW Bulawayo – 18MW Munyati – 17MW Harare – 17MW And Kariba – 200 to 650MW.
This is responsible for the transmission and distribution of electricity from the power stations, as well as its retailing to end users.
- Zesa Enterprises (ZENT)
ZENT works strategically as an organ responsible for investment for ZESA Holdings. It has a diversified business portfolio. It looks into new dimensions such as land development, irrigation works and installations, manufacturing electricity, end use equipment, development of new IT products and regional markets. It consists of four business units.
- PowerTel Communications
PowerTel Communication is a registered Internet services provider in Zimbabwe. In March 2011, Powertel extended to create a second gateway to the undersea cable Seacom.
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ZESA has accumulated a number of nick names due to its expert load shedding style. In Zimbabwe during winters, some residential areas especially in Harare go for dozens of hours without electricity. Winter wheat farmers are usually the most affected in terms of production since the crop requires electricity for irrigation. Some areas have also faced perennial blackouts by going for months without electricity. These inconsistencies have given Zesa Holdings an outlook of a weak and incompetent organisation in the eyes of the Zimbabwean public. In 2014, there was speculation that ZESA was in fact exporting electricity to countries such as Mozambique while the country was in "darkness".
ZESA Holdings has generally been under-performing especially in terms of providing the much needed services such as electricity. There is also growing concern over the electricity rates being charged by the consumers which are high as compared to the regional rates. In contrast, the company has failed to combat financial challenges especially with regards to payment of its workers. In 2014, the company was marred with battles with its formers employees for failing to honour some of its financial obligations.
Prepaid Meter Scandal
An audit by the Auditor General revealed that the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) accepted a wrong consignment of prepaid meters destined for South Africa. The audit also revealed that 10 426 of the 502 858 deployed by ZETDC had failed as of May 20 2016, which was well above the acceptable failure quantity of 1 508.
The 2017 audit report prepared by Auditor General, Mrs. Mildred Chiri revealed there was no evidence that ZETDC had used results of a pilot project conducted at a cost of $1,5 million.