Zimbabwe plunges into darkness!
January 29, 2006, 14.02 HRS BST
Candle nation... ZESA says "the problems should be solved by the end of next week"! Copyright © GoZimbabwe.com
HARARE - The Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority plunged the cities of Harare and Bulawayo into darkness for about four hours on Friday evening, saying it has been forced to make power cuts because of a 'power shortage'.Zesa spokesperson, Obert Nyatanga, said : "We introduced load shedding in some parts of Harare and this also affected other parts of Bulawayo suburbs.
"Eskom was experiencing problems with its own generators, so we ended up having a shortfall of 400 mega watts which resulted in power shortages."
He added that the problems should be solved by the end of next week: "We have taken one of our generators... for repairs in preparation for the winter peak electricity demands.
Actually, the headlines seems overblown...you see, we have rolling blackouts here in the Phlippines all the time, usually in the hot season just before the monsoon rains when the water levels are low so we can't get enough hydroelectric power generated to cover everyone's airconditioner running...