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'2 000 Zesa transformers stolen in 2 years'

by Staff reporter
15 Jun 2020 at 07:48hrs | Views
OVER 2 000 Zesa transformers were stolen over the past two years throughout the country, with thieves in Maphisa alone also vandalising 100km of cables, Energy and Power Development minister Fortune Chasi has said.

Speaking at the commissioning of electricity at Ndamuleni Primary School in Lupane last week, Chasi said his ministry has recommended a deterrent 30year prison sentence for people who vandalise the electricity network and the proposals would soon be presented before Parliament.

Chasi said vandalism at Maphisa was derailing efforts by the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) to electrify rural areas.

"In this period, children who are not learning computers are not learning at all. So far 9 359 rural institutions countrywide have been electrified using both grid and solar power," he said.

"Despite the problems faced in the economy, there has been an improvement in the rural electrification projects. I am informed that 21 out of 61 primary schools, 22 out of 25 chiefs' houses and others have been electrified."

Commissioning of the electricity was done by REA and several officials among them Matabeleland North Provincial Affairs minister Richard Moyo and Lupane East MP Mbongeni Dube witnessed the occasion.

Source - newsday

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