Zimbabwe’s national power utility has pledged to install 30,000 prepaid meters within the next three months.
Zesa Holdings (Zesa) confirmed that the meter rollout is in line with the 100 days Rapid Results Initiative.
According to energy minister Simon Khaya Moyo, Zesa is licensing private agencies who will sell prepaid meters to the public under the customer supplied meter scheme.
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“Under this scheme, Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) will set a maximum amount of money to be reimbursed to customers by crediting their accounts for the cost of meters,” Moyo said.
He added: “This programme will augment the meters to be supplied by the two companies which won the tender; that is Paramount and Solutions for Africa (SFA).”
Zesa: meter supply
According to Daily News, both companies have already been contracted by ZETDC to supply 130,000 prepaid meters.
To date, Paramount has delivered 14,166 meters with a remaining balance of 75,834 meters.
SFA has provided 20,000 prepaid meters with a remaining balance of 20,000 still to be delivered. Read more…
According to the Minister: “All these constraints are due…to foreign currency scarcity. We hope that as we have discussed with the governor of the Reserve Bank, we shall at some stage, see the speeding up of the production of these prepaid meters.”
Moyo further stated that Zesa was installing 4,000 meters per week before foreign currency shortages.
“Regrettably, the situation has changed now with a few hundred meters being installed per week. As indicated above, we shall continue exploring other ways and means of procuring these meters so as to effectively meet the demand,” Moyo said.
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