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Power Problems Hurt Business Recovery

  • Ntungamili Nkomo

Bulawayo Business Arise logo

Bulawayo Business Arise logo

An organization representing, Bulawayo Business Arise (BBA), is calling on government to address the ongoing power cuts, saying the load shedding that has increased dramatically in the past two to three weeks is hurting efforts to revive the country’s businesses and industries.

BBA says the frequent and prolonged power cuts are coming at the worst possible time, as many industries, especially in Bulawayo, are beginning to pick up the pieces.

The Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries released a report last week saying a combination of many factors, including electricity loads hedding and water shortages, had forced a decline in industrial capacity utilization to below 40 percent.

BBA administrator George Mukamba says the new Zanu-PF led government must find a lasting solution to electricity cuts to rescue industries and boost the economy.

Mr. Mukamba says, in this interview with Studio 7, that electricity is essential to the running of any business. Increased power cuts are harming Zimbabwean businesses: