By ZBC Reporter
ZESA Holdings has acquired a fleet of operational vehicles and distribution transformers aimed at improving service delivery and increasing access to power by citizens.
The state-owned entity unveiled 26 operational vehicles and 185 distribution transformers for its two subsidiaries Powertel and ZETDC.
Speaking at the handover ceremony, ZESA Executive Chairman Dr Sydney Gata bemoaned the sad state of affairs at the parastatal where only half of the required fleet of 3 000 vehicles is serving the entire nation.
“ At times we hire vehicles or use those belonging to customers to attend to faults and this is because we have antiquated equipment,” he said.
Turning to the transformers, Guest of Honour, Energy and Power Development Minister Honourable Zhemu Soda, who was represented by his Deputy Honourable Magna Mudyiwa, highlighted that the new equipment will improve power distribution.
“Zesa is undergoing robust transformation and as Government, our goal is to support these initiatives to ensure that we modernise operations,” noted Mudyiwa.
The Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company requires 4 500 distribution transformers of different capacities to operate optimally but vandalism and theft has impacted negatively on electricity supply and distribution.
The new transformers are part of an 8,8 million United States dollar contract to supply 2074 transformers to the parastatal.