Eskom has been a disaster for at least a century, says the writer.
INTERNATIONAL - The power blackouts announced by South Africa’s Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. will exacerbate power shortages in neighboring Zimbabwe.

Eskom’s cuts will affect imports that Zimbabwe receives from Africa’s largest power utility, Zimbabwe Electricity Distribution Co. said on Twitter Wednesday. 

The southern African nation has a non-binding agreement to import up to 400 megawatts from Eskom, while an additional 100 megawatts is imported from Mozambique.

The availability of power from utilities with which Zimbabwe has power-purchase agreements has an impact on the performance of the national grid, especially at a time when the country is experiencing a deficit, Zesa Holdings spokesman Fullard Gwasira said by text message. “The corresponding decline in imports will be reflected in increased load shedding,” he said, using the local term for rolling blackouts.

A woman does a quick calculation on her phone before buying groceries at a shop in Harare, in this Wednesday, Oct, 9, 2019 photo. Hyperinflation is changing prices so quickly in the southern African nation that what you would see displayed on a supermarket shelf might change by the time you reach the checkout. The power blackouts announced by South Africa’s Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. will exacerbate power shortages in neighboring Zimbabwe. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
Blackouts in Zimbabwe already last as much as 18 hours a day and the country spends $23 million monthly on electricity imports, according to the energy regulator.

Zimbabwean employees can no longer access their earnings in US dollars as the government tightens the screws on the usage of hard currency. The power blackouts announced by South Africa’s Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. will exacerbate power shortages in neighboring Zimbabwe. File Photo: IOL
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