Of Coffee With Zesa Gone

If you were having coffee with me, I would welcome you to my tangle of words.. its a rainy summer day, a welcome relief from the hot dry spell we had a few days back, is this climate change? That we oscillate between extremes? When it rains it pours…

Now if only it would rain like this over the Kariba Dam Catchment area and replenish the water for Kariba Hydroelectric Power generation whose 653MW accounts for about 65% of the country’s electricity. A communication came through from the Zambezi River Authority whose primary mandate is operate and maintain the Kariba Dam on the Zambezi River that the Zimbabwe Power has used up its allocation of water reserves and consequently need to shutdown Kariba South Bank Power Station or risk total shutdown of Kariba Power Station.

If you are having coffee with me I would tell you that in short this will likely translate to drastically increased loadshedding. Unless a miracle happens, looks like we need to be bracing for a dark Christmas season.

While the power utility company hasn’t yet officially addressed the situation, their most recent social media post was a motivational quote from Albert Einstein on how amidst challenges you will find opportunities.

in the middle of every difficulty lies an opportunity - Albert Einstein
@ZETDC

I had to check if it wasn’t a parody account which had posted that because hello, they haven’t even acknowledged the situation as yet, let alone posted the electricity schedule. We just live a life of constant wonder, if there’s electricity wondering when it will go next or when it will be back, like having an affair with a mysterious phantom who comes to your bed side when you are sleep and leaves before you wake and save for the warmth they leave on their side of the bed you are not even sure if they are real or just a dream.

Anyway lets see, positive thoughts…. The grand expansion project to Hwange Thermal Station should be nearing completion with Unit 7 projected to be online in December 2022 adding 300MW to the grid while Unit 8 is also expected to go live by the end of Q1 2023 adding an additional 300MW which should just about cover the Kariba Shaped void. While being optimistic is good I will not be holding my breath waiting for these upgrades to actually go online… not to mention aren’t we supposed to be scaling down on coal generation of electricity and instead focusing on greener energy solutions?

Hwange Power Station

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that our president did a State of the Nation address and a budget was presented from the new home of the government. The recently completed new parliament building worth close to $200 million courtesy of our all-weather the Chinese government with absolutely no strings attached, so we are told.. I read in a some book that there is no such thing as a free lunch, so I am waiting for the other shoe to drop.

SONA address and the official opening of the 5th session of the 9th Parliament of Zimbabwe
State of Nation Address from New Parliament Building Credit: Chinese Embassy Zim

The Chinese government hasn’t yet officially handed over the new parliament to the Zimbabwe government, maybe they are waiting for Christmas who knows, tis the season to be jolly after all. Well if everything is above board then congratulations to our legislators for having a new state of the art parliament with more space to rest comfortably before making important decisions.

sleeping members of parliament in the new parliament of Zimbabwe
MPs – credit Heart and Soul

Parliament approved the Patriotic Bill. The Bill, which is set to be gazetted soon, will impose capital punishment on those charged and convicted of illicitly conspiring with foreign governments to subvert or overthrow a constitutional government. “It is therefore improper for citizens and residents of Zimbabwe to implement measures that undermine our sovereignty, dignity and independence as a nation. This (new) clause will criminalise such conduct.”

jail, no voting rights for the unpatriotic
Jail, No Voting Rights for the unpatriotic Sunday Mail

Well on one hand of course a country needs to be protected but then there is a real danger that the patriotic net will dredge in those who are simply questioning the status quo. If hypothetically one were to comment on the possibility that maybe we need younger parliamentarians who could stay awake during important issues of national discourse, would said person be considered unpatriotic?

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that I been up and about I attended several events this past week from the fifth annual gathering for African Crossroads, Litfest to the book launch for Starfish Blossoms.

So whats been happening in your neck of the woods?

~B

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15 Comments

  1. Hey Beaton!
    Nice to see you again. It’s been a while. Wishing you lots of RAIN and ease with the power/electricity situation.
    Have a great week 🌺

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    1. It has been an honor 🥳
      When it gets gazzetted I’ll have to go on my best behaviour and only write about safe things like Alice in Wonderland…
      oh wait that had a mad fury of a queen who sentenced people to get their heads chopped off for the slightest of offense 🤡
      ~B

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  2. Oh wow, that all sounds pretty serious. I mean, not having enough water in the Zambezi for electricity is bad enough, but this “unpatriotic” stuff sounds like it could get ugly. Like Michelle said above, when governments start talking about “patriotism” it’s usually not a good thing.

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