Power

Zimbabwe’s ZESA set to increase tariffs as power crisis continues

Jul 18, 2019

Government has given the green light to power utility, Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa) to increase its tariffs in the wake of crippling power outages brought by low generating capacity at Kariba coupled with lack of foreign currency to import more power. This was revealed by Energy Minister Fortune Chasi in parliament Wednesday while responding…

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Secondary felony touted for power theft in Liberia

Jul 18, 2019

In a letter to the Legislature, President Weah said power theft “is a crime akin to sabotaging the economy, destroys life and property when dangerous illegal connections are made, sometimes causing fire outbreak.” — As debate on Pres. Weah’s ‘Power Theft Bill’ Commenced The Senate plenary has kicked off debate on the recent bill submitted…

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Zimbabwe blackouts trigger turmoil in telecoms sector

Jul 17, 2019

Zimbabwe’s mobile network connectivity was in a bad state over the last weekend, with callers and the transacting public reporting challenges in making calls and getting mobile money transactions to go through. The disruptive service unavailability comes at a time mobile money services are playing a key inclusive role of bridging the financial divide by…

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Ghana’s ECG, PDS caution against rumors of confusion with IPPs

Jul 16, 2019

Power Distribution Services (PDS) and the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) have urged public calm over fears of looming power outages due to debts owed power producers. In a joint statement, the two institutions sought to dispel the threat by the Chamber of Independent Power Producers and Bulk Consumers (CIPDIB) that the debt could force…

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Eskom Exec to leave in August

Jul 16, 2019

Eskom’s Group Treasurer will leave the power utility at the end of August. In a statement on Monday, Eskom announced the resignation of Andre Pillay, who has been with the utility since 2011 when he was appointed as Senior Manager for Funding Execution in the Eskom Treasury department. He was subsequently promoted to General Manager…

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IFC to provide Cameroon with assistance on power supply, others

Jul 16, 2019

Prime Minister Joseph Dion Ngute last Friday had discussions with the visiting Vice President of the International Finance Corporation for the Middle East and Africa, Sérgio Pimenta. The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group is ready to increase support to projects in Cameroon in areas related to the creation of…

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Eskom says there won’t be power supply for repeat offenders

Jul 15, 2019

South African parastatal Eskom has announced an increasing number of repeated equipment failures in some areas, especially within Gauteng. The utility has attributed this to illegal connections leading to overloading, which results in failure of transformers and mini-substations. This is exacerbated by meter tampering, electricity theft and vandalism of infrastructure. In a company statement, the…

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Harare Council, ZESA in RTGS$200m rate tiff

Jul 14, 2019

Harare City Council and power utility, ZESA are involved in a stare down over rates they owe each other amounting to over RTGS$200 million, NewZimbabwe.com has learnt. City Mayor Herbert Gomba told NewZimbabwe.com’s current affairs programme, The Agenda, that besides the fact that ZESA was operating on city land without paying anything, the parastatal had…

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Special bill aimed at supporting Eskom being drafted – Gordhan

Jul 13, 2019

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan says a special bill on Eskom — aimed at finding a roadmap of the power utility’s recovery — is currently being drafted. Finance Minister Tito Mboweni, Gordhan said, will soon introduce a Special Appropriation Bill aimed at bolstering Eskom’s cash position soon. Gordhan on Thursday briefed journalists in Cape Town…

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Liberia’s House summons LEC, Ministry of Mines and Energy

Jul 13, 2019

The House of Representatives summons the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) alone with the Ministry of Mines and Energy to appear before full plenary next Tuesday to account for moneys received from the Government of Liberia and to explain why the electricity program in the country is very poor and slow. Montserrado County District#7 Representative Solomon…

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