Excessive load-shedding proving costly

By Delight Dokotera

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THE on-going excessive load-shedding exercise might at the end of year have contributed to
a number of deaths in and around Bindura as well as the loss of property.
This comes as families have reverted to the use of petroleum gas but, with very little
knowledge on how to use it, resulting in a number of accidents.
Just to mention a few cases, last week a house in Mtowa Street, Chiwaridzo was almost razed
to the ground after a gas tank leaked and exploded.
The fire was precipitated by a gas tank supplying gas to a two plate stove that leaked when a
13-year-old girl was preparing supper on 15 November around 7pm.
Three men managed to save the house from total destruction, however millions worth of
household property went in flames.
In interviews with some of the residents, a Bindura Provincial Hospital worker confirmed that
patients were losing lives because medical staff was failing to carry out life-saving surgical
procedures due to power outages in Bindura.
“Fuel shortages in the country have exacerbated the situation, leaving life-saving institutions,
hospitals, battling to acquire diesel or petrol for generators,” he explained.
Brenda Bhauti (31), a resident of Chiwaridzo 1, appealed on behalf of residents to the
Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) to resolve the
excessive load-shedding that has struck the town.
“The more the problem is resolved, the more there is reduction of fire accidents happening in
homes, ensuring peaceful relations between tenants and landlords,” Bhauti said.
To curb the problem of power cuts, residents they were willing to abide by the tariffs charged
by ZETDC if this would result in uninterrupted power supply.
“It is best if the electricity charges are paid in United States Dollars as every Zimbabwean
citizen is aware that everything is cheaper by using this foreign currency,” Bhauti explained.
Chiwaridzo residents also continue to plead with Bindura Municipality for water supplies in
their location as there are parts of the location, which have not received water for some time.

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