Most of areas in Zimbabwe are spending at the very least 17 hours without power. Except a lucky few who are part of critical circuits such as those connecting hospitals who have been spared the brunt of powercuts.

Despite this knowledge if you think recent load shedding hours feel like they have increased you are not alone. It appears more and more suburbs are now spending 19+ hours without power.

ZESA Blames A Spike In demand

According to ZESA this is due to a spike in demand it being winter and all.

Load shedding has increased outside the published schedule due to a huge rise in demand in excess of 1800MW against low generation. A bigger unit is expected into service during the peak period and this will provide some relief. Load shedding has increased outside the published schedule due to a huge rise in demand in excess of 1800MW against low generation.

We already know that demand is outpacing supply which is erratic due to the power utility’s years of corruption, neglect and incompetence. This however seems to be in response to demands for an explanation of even longer power cuts people are going through.

People are waking up to use power!

It would appear a lot of people have simply become nocturnal. When power comes back in the in midst of the night they are waking up to do all electricity related chores such as ironing.

Others have to use their heaters and other power hungry gadgets as they would be awake watching AFCON units.

As for the last bit about bigger units coming online it might be ZESA selling us more false hope or something. I couldn’t understand it myself.

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