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Vol 7 (AAC) No 1

Published 1st November 2013


Zimbabwe

Dilemmas over power cuts and shortages

With regular power outages and Harare in the grips of a water crisis, the government needs money fast

The inability of the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front government to maintain sufficient levels of food production, energy and water supplies is a major problem for locals and an obstacle to potential investment. ZANU-PF’s election gimmick of writing off outstanding local authority rates and utility bills is also compounding underlying economic factors. Power-cuts began almost immediately after the 31 July election. The official explanation blames expansion and maintenance work by China’s Sinohydro and China Machinery Equipment Company (CMEC) at Hwange thermal power station and the Kariba hydroelectric plant.

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