Zim power utility faces theft and vandalism

09 January 2019 | Economics

NAMPA / ZIANA

The Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) has bemoaned increasing cases of vandalism and theft of electricity infrastructure, saying this has resulted in unplanned power outages.

In a statement, ZETDC said vandalism and theft of infrastructure threatened power supplies.

“The Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) would like to advise that power supply to its valued customers has been greatly compromised by increasing cases of theft and vandalism of electricity infrastructure that have resulted in unplanned electricity outages.

“Theft and vandalism of electrical infrastructure have resulted in increases faults leading to frequent and long power outages that some clients perceive to be load shedding,” it said.

ZETDC said Zimbabwe currently had enough electricity.

“Load-shedding was eradicated in December 205 and the country has enough electricity to efficiently service the nation,” said the power utility.

ZETDC invited whistleblowers to volunteer information that may lead to the arrest of perpetrators of theft and vandalism.

“While ZETDC is pursuing various strategies that include patrols, special operations in liaison with other security agents and awareness campaigns to contain the menace from further damaging and interfering with electricity networks, the power utility is appealing for community participation in the protection of electricity infrastructure in the interest of efficient service delivery.

“ZETDC is inviting whistleblowers to volunteer information that would lead to the arrest of perpetrators of theft and vandalism and a reward would be given in proven cases,” said the company.

In 2016 alone, ZETDC lost US$500 000 due to vandalism of its property.

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