- Eskom has said it is open to helping Zimbabwe with its power supply
- The country is currently struggling with energy provision
- However, Eskom said that it gives due consideration to South Africa's own energy needs
Eskom has said that it is still open to assisting Zimbabwe with its power supply.
This comes as Zimbabwe has been hit by harsh blackouts.
Certain regions of the country have been left with no electricity for up to 8 hours per day.
In an attempt to stave off the worst of these power outages, Zimbabwe will draw more electricity from Mozambique and South Africa.
Already, Eskom supplies Zimbabwe with 50 megawatts of electricity. However, the power utility says that the Zimbabwean government has not yet officially approached them to request more, according to Eyewitness News.
Nevertheless, a spokesperson for the SOE said that Eskom would be willing to assist Zimbabwe if called on to do. This is because Zimbabwe as long been a major customer of Eskom. As a result, the power utility said that it would take Zimbabwe's concerns seriously.
However, the Eskom spokesperson stressed that South Africa's own energy needs would be the priority, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
Indeed, South Africa has energy issues of its own, with new electricity tariffs expected to further drive up the cost of electricity for consumers.
Furthermore, Eskom is plagued by management and infrastructure issues, as well as financial woes, which have contributed to South Africa's own bouts of heavy load-shedding.
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