From correspondents in Harare May 09, 2007 06:32pm Article from: Reuters
ZIMBABWE'S Government announced 20-hour daily electricity cuts for households across the country today as supplies are shifted to irrigate the crucial winter wheat crop amid persistent food shortages.
The southern African country has already been experiencing frequent power cuts due to the declining capacity of its aging power plants which have seen very little new investment as the country battles severe foreign currency shortages.
Mines and factories have also been hit hard by regular power outages, which have caused a decline in production and contributed to an economic crisis and escalating political tensions over President Robert Mugabe's 27-year rule.
Up to $US2 billion ($2.4 billion) is required to install new equipment and expand production at the country's two main power plants in Hwange and Kariba to meet increased industrial and domestic demand, officials say.
Places like Zimbabwe would be ideal canidates for alternative energy technology to be set up & gain a strong foothold in the country, particuarly in the remote/bush areas.
Getting the technology into & then training the people to install & maintain the equipment would be a very interesting task indeed in such a large area that seems to be spread across a vast area without much modern infrastructure.
#163579 - 05/11/0701:28 AMRe: Zimbabwe to suffer 20-hour daily power cuts
You simply can't have an infrastructure where government sponsored armed gangs go around trashing stuff.
There's no point pouring money into an obscenely corrupt situation.
You can't expect any industry to survive where the local political philosophy is based upon the tenet thats that private property, profit, and the use of natural resources is wrong.
That country is far richer, in terms of natural resources, than almost any other. Everyone living there ought to be a millionaire- several times over. Much of the necessary infrastructure did, in fact, exist at one time.
Alternative energy? This is a place that STILL murders folks accused of "witchcraft!"
Much of the necessary infrastructure did, in fact, exist at one time.
As has happened in some other African countries which were formerly British, French, Dutch etc. colonies. Without getting too political, while I'll admit that British rule was not always ideal, one can't deny that it did bring much investment in the infrastructure of roads, power, telephones, and so on.
#163651 - 05/13/0702:58 PMRe: Zimbabwe to suffer 20-hour daily power cuts