Local power utility, ZESA Holdings, has bought a fleet of operational vehicles and distribution transformers aimed at improving service delivery and increasing access to power by citizens.
ZESA unveiled 26 operational vehicles and 185 distribution transformers for its two subsidiaries Powertel and ZETDC.
Speaking at the handover ceremony, ZESA Executive Chairman Dr Sydney Gata and the Guest of Honour, Energy and Power Development Minister Honourable Zhemu Soda said the new equipment will improve service delivery. Gata said:
At times we hire vehicles or use those belonging to customers to attend to faults and this is because we have antiquated equipment.
Minister Soda who was represented by his Deputy Honourable Magna Mudyiwa, said:
Zesa is undergoing robust transformation and as Government, our goal is to support these initiatives to ensure that we modernise operations.
The power utility requires 4 500 distribution transformers of different capacities to operate optimally but vandalism and theft have impacted negatively on electricity supply and distribution.
The new transformers are part of a USD8.8 million contract to supply 2074 transformers to the parastatal.
This is happening when the country has for the past 24 months experienced an acute power crisis that has resultantly crippled operations in all sectors.
Source | ZBC News
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