The Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) has revealed that vandalism has cost the utility $4 million worth of power equipment.
According to Bulawayo 24 News, ZETDC Nkayi Customer Service Officer, Munetsi Gwemba, declared this while speaking at an Environmental Management Agency/ ZETDC cleanup campaign held in Nkayi last week.
Gwemba was representing the company’s managing director, Julian Chinembiri in a prepared speech.
In the speech, Chinembiri disclosed that more than 16,000 clients have suffered service loss as a result of this criminal activity.
Vandalised power equipment
Chinembiri said: “It is sad to note that during the period from January to December 2016, ZEDTC lost equipment and material over $2,8 million and 408 cases were reported.”
However, the ZETDC boss noted some good news, saying that the company’s loss control department in cooperation with other security agents have recovered power equipment valued at $600,000.
Interference with electricity networks
Meanwhile another news agency, the New Zimbabwe, cited Chinembiri stating that the power utility has not experienced that much change since as they are still battling the problem of vandalism. Read more…
“During the period January to August 2017, ZETDC was again not sparred from the scourge of theft and vandalism as there was an increase in cases in interference with electricity networks with 1,559 cases having been recorded,” he said.
He added: “Materials and equipment valued at $1 284 828, 38 were again stolen and so far recoveries valued at $479 598, 34 have been done.
“To date, ZETDC requires replacing more than 1,700 transformers lost to vandalism alone and this has resulted in more than 16,000 clients across the country going without power supplies for prolonged periods.”
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