Wake up Zesa, smell the coffee

Source: Wake up Zesa, smell the coffee | Daily News

EDITOR — Power utility Zesa Holdings is struggling to meet local demand for electricity, a development that has crippled industry and some agricultural activities like winter wheat farming. Some time back, Zesa opened up electricity vending to other private players including mobile network money operators.

Holders of bank accounts could also purchase electricity tokens via mobile phones, bringing so much convenience to many of their clients in this cash- lite society. However, several disruptions occasioned by a system failure, poor connectivity and own load shedding have compromised the power utility’s ability to maximise on the revenue they collect and yet they cry day and night that they are owed millions by different clients.

To make matters worse, there are clients who would want to purchase smaller units of power, which is no longer possible given the recent hikes in power tariffs.

It is no secret that Zesa needs revenue. In fact, they need it too badly given the ever-rising exchange rate. Foreign currency has remained scarce and most corporates access it on the black market where the costs are exorbitant.

This makes Zesa’s predicament even worse because it is cash-strapped.

The adjustments to higher minimum purchases may not help anyone at the moment because people’s salaries are not elastic on the back of rising prices of goods and services.

Zesa must ensure that all channels that it has opened for vending electricity tokens remain operational with the minimum of disruptions, no matter what form these may take.

The third parties entrusted with doing this must always have the capacity to offer uninterrupted service.

Zesa must wake up because it is them who are in need of revenue.
Vari Mhungura,
Vari Chitondo.
Gumbo, Zaka.


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    ace mukadota 7 months ago

    I cant make coffee at my house as hapana(no) zesa & so cannot boil the water. Only cold tea at my place comrades

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    Mahobho 7 months ago

    There is no power to purchase even with smaller units. Zesa should install solar panel itself , not wasting money by giving Chivhayo the tenders. Zesa can train its own staff just in two days and start working on massive solar projects at their substations country wide.

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    Garai nemagetsi enyu 7 months ago

    You may now find it cheaper to eat out than cook your own food with the crazy tariffs levied on domestic households