Power blackouts force Zimbabweans to work graveyard shift

Power blackouts force Zimbabweans to work graveyard shift
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  • calendar-gray 13 July 2019

Most parts of Zimbabwe's capital get electricity for only seven hours per day, and the hours usually come overnight, when there is less usage and power stations can meet demand, APA reports citing VOA. 

Once the electricity comes on around 10 p.m., Harare lives up to its local title as "the city that never sleeps." 

For the next five to eight hours, businesses that need electricity to function spring to life, even on cold, blustery winter nights. 

Nelson Muzhuwe, who manufactures door and window frames, says he is recovering from a cold he caught while working overnight. He has an appeal to President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government.

"If the government can give us electricity during the day, l think we can be able to meet our targets, because we [are] actually getting some orders from clients and we won't be able to meet our targets," Muzhuwe said. "l have got a lot of complaints. You know what happens when you get a deposit from my client? They think [I] am being slow with my work, but there are some factors affecting us."

Other business owners say they have tried to use generators so they can work during the day, but fuel, like many other basic goods in Zimbabwe, is scarce and expensive.  

This week, Mnangagwa dispatched his energy minister, Fortune Chasi, to negotiate with Mozambique and South Africa to provide more electricity to Zimbabwe.

Faiq Mahmudov

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