14 January 2008 – Zimbabwe’s consumers are once again receiving power from Mozambique’s Cahora Bassa dam, after Zesa paid off some of the monies owed to Hidroelectrica de Cahora Bassa (HCB), the company which operates the Cahora Bassa dam.
A payment of US$10 million has been paid by Zesa, and there have been assurances that the remaining US$9 million will be paid shortly.
Zimbabwe’s failure to pay outstanding electricity debts has affected not only its relationship with Mozambique, but also with its suppliers in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia. A shortage of foreign currency has resulted in Zimbabwe repeatedly defaulting on payments for electricity supplies.
Eskom is currently not supplying electricity to Zimbabwe due to supply constraints in South Africa.