2013 off to bad industrial start in Zimbabwe

Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries said power outages have cost companies a lot of money.

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ZIMBABWE - The industrial year has not got off to a good start, as businesses have complained of massive load-shedding.

The Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries said most companies are operating below capacity because of the outages.

But the state power company said scheduled cuts were not the only reason for the increased outages.

Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority chief Gloria Magombo said the state power company was facing several challenges.

She told the Sunday Mail that the heavy rains meant the main Hwange Power Station is receiving wet coal.

The seasonal downpours are also causing a huge number of faults as power lines come down.

Power supply was better across Zimbabwe in December, but apparently that was because schools and industry were closed for the holidays.