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Zimbabwe’s power supply has augmented, following the completion of repairs of Unit 5 at Hwange Power Station, enabling the unit to add 160MW to the grid.

Energy Minister Fortune Chasi confirmed the development on Saturday morning through his twitter account, also signalling that Unit 6 will be opened up for inspection during the first week of September for fault diagnostics.

Chasi told local media, ZBC News, that on completion, Unit 6 will add 170MW to the national gird.

He said: “Let me also appeal to the public to please pay their bills and to avoid power threats. Theft of power transformers is a prevalent issue at the moment. It doesn’t matter how much power we have if we don’t have transformers we will not be able to deploy the power.”

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Media also highlighted that insufficient power supply has put a strain on the economy, particularly affecting the agricultural and mining sectors, as well as the manufacturing industry.

Domestic power users have been advised that they might continue to experience loadshedding as the power supplier will prioritise the productive sectors first.

It was noted that since May, Zimbabwe has been facing challenges with power generation from the Kariba dam due to falling water levels.