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Zimbabweans face 18-hour load shedding

The latest crisis is being blamed on low levels of water, reduced power imports and low generation.

FILE: Residents of some Harare suburbs have been reporting severe power cuts for the last two weeks. Picture: freeimages.com.

JOHANNESBURG - Zimbabwe's state-run power company has today unveiled a new load-shedding schedule that will see many Harare suburbs being left without power for up to 18 hours a day.

The latest crisis is being blamed on low levels of water at the main Kariba Hydro-power Station as well as reduced power imports and low generation at Hwange Power Station.

Residents of some Harare suburbs have been reporting severe power cuts for the last two weeks.

Now the state's power company has responded by publishing a summer load-shedding programme but it offers little hope.

According to the schedule, most Harare suburbs will have power switched off every day for between nine and 18 hours, and the authorities warn that the cuts could last longer.

Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa told MPs yesterday that hospitals and other essential services would be spared this latest round of severe cuts.

But he said that residents will just have to live with it.

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