- Eskom has resorted to drastic measures in a bid to keep the lights on in Mzansi
- Despite the lights being turned off in SA, Zimbabwe has enjoyed an uninterrupted supply
- Eskom currently has a R29 million per month deal with the neighbouring country to provide electricity
Zimbabwean Energy Minister Fortune Chasi revealed that Eskom's supply to his nation has remained uninterrupted.
Briefly.co.za reported that Stage 6 load-shedding had been implemented in a desperate bid to stabilise the grid.
But the flow of electricity out of South Africa and into Zimbabwe remained steadfast thanks to this R29 million per month deal.
The South African reports that 300 megawatts of power makes its way into the country, with the supply untouched by the load-shedding endured by citizens.
Chasi confirmed that the deal made with the embattled power utility is still firmly in place:
“Should there be challenges, I have no doubt that South Africa will communicate that – to say that they are unable. As of now we have not received such communication. We are continuing to receive power in accordance with the undertakings that we made in our contract with them.”
Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority currently owes Eskom a staggering R322 million in outstanding debt.
Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan revealed that foreign African governments owe the state-owned entity an enormous R632 million.
Despite this, Gordhan felt that immediate action over the outstanding amounts would fail to achieve much, with the hefty sum only equating to 0.15% of Eskom's R450 billion debt burden.
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