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Proposed 49% in Power Charges Scars Business Operators

  • Blessing  Zulu

The Zambezi River Authority, which manages Kariba Dam, says water levels have dropped to 12 percent of capacity. 

The Zambezi River Authority, which manages Kariba Dam, says water levels have dropped to 12 percent of capacity. 

The president of the Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce, David Norupiri, says business wants the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) to increase tariffs by at least 10 percent not the 49 percent the power utility is proposing as the electricity situation gets desperate for Harare.

The Zambezi River Authority, which manages Kariba Dam, says water levels have dropped to 12 percent of capacity.

Data posted on the organization’s website shows that water levels fell to 477.25 meters above sea level from 482.83 meters a year earlier.

The minimum operating level for the hydropower dam, which normally supplies about half of Zambia and Zimbabwe’s electricity demand, is 475.5 meters.

ZESA spokesman Fullard Gwasira told Studio 7 the situation at Kariba Dam is a cause for concern.

Norupiri said they understand ZESA’s concerns and urged the power utility to increase efficiency not tariffs.

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