Zimbabwe 'close' to signing power deal with SA

The deal will see 300 megawatts of power imported daily, exclusively for Zimbabwe’s hard-hit mining sector.

FILE: The electricity will be diverted from Eskom’s dedicated supply to the local ferrochrome industry. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - A cabinet minister in Zimbabwe says the government is close to concluding a deal for the importation of power from South Africa.

The deal will see 300 megawatts of power imported daily, exclusively for Zimbabwe's hard-hit mining sector.

Zimbabwe's Mines Minister Walter Chidhakwa says the deal has not yet been concluded.

But he has told legislators that both South Africa and Zimbabwe are very close to signing an agreement.

There is already some criticism of the deal as South Africa has a power crisis.

The electricity will be diverted from Eskom's dedicated supply to the local ferrochrome industry.

The Chronicle says Zimbabwe's mines will pay South Africa directly for the power, rather than the state ZESA power company.