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ZESA load shedding schedule - Winter 2012
May 13, 2012

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Includes Bulawayo, Matabeleland North and South, Harare Metropolitan, Northern Region (includes Chinhoyi, Marondera, Bindura and Kadoma) and Southern Region (includes Gweru, Kwekwe, Zhombe and Gokwe).


The Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission & Distribution Company is experiencing a power shortfall due to generation constraints at Hwange Power Station, the low dispatch at the small thermal power stations and power import constraints. The power shortfall is being managed through load shedding in order to balance the power supply and demand.

Power demand peaks to about 2100MW in Zimbabwe during the winter period. The load shedding programmes are only a guide for planning purposes.

The power supply situation is DYNAMIC and load shedding on a day will depend on the power available and power demanded on the day. In the event of the supply shortfalls falling below anticipated averages on a particular day, then the additional areas indicated on the schedules will be load shed.

ZETDC is doing everything possible to improve the available capacity. Customers are asked to use the limited power sparingly. All non-essential loads should be switched off. Domestic geysers and water heaters should be switched off manually between 5pm and 8pm to enable more residential areas to have power.

All commercial customers are required to switch off all lights, office equipment and appliances that will not be in use over night. All customers are being called upon not to use lights during the day where possible.

Essential services loads in the categories listed below are exempted from load shedding.

  • Major Referral Hospitals
  • Major Water & Sewer installations
  • National Security Establishments
  • Major Airports and Broadcasting Stations
  • Major Central Business Districts

The major winter wheat clusters will receive priority supplies.
Customers may contact their nearest Customer Service Centres for any further clarification.

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