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Zim-Zambia partnership could ease ZESA woes

Zim-Zambia partnership could ease ZESA woes

Zimbabwe’s power supply is hoped to improve following a partnership the 
country entered into with Zambia to develop the electricity generation 
capacity of the Batoka gorge.
by Sofia Mapuranga

The project, already captured in the Southern African Development Community 
(Sadc) Infrastructure Investment prospectus, will see the country exploring 
means to develop the Batoka gorge for the production of energy.

The project involves the construction of a dam and a hydro power plant on 
the Zambezi River.

The potential capacity of the site is 1 600 MW to be shared equally between 
Zambia and Zimbabwe Addressing delegates on Tuesday at the official opening 
of the fifth River Basins Organisations workshop being held in Harare under 
the theme “Monitoring the implementation of the Sadc Protocol on shared 
watercourses”, the Minister of Water Resources Management, Sam Sipepa Nkomo 
said there was need for a systematic and consistent implementation of the 

“It is in this light that in partnership with the Republic of Zambia, we are 
exploring means to develop the Batoka gorge. Water plays a major role in 
energy production in Zimbabwe,” said Nkomo.

“In SADC, we have the necessary instruments and institutions to foster 
integrated water resources management at the river basin level,” he added.

Nkomo said the speedy implementation of the agreed action points was 
critical because water remained a critical component of the development 
agenda in the region.

“The onus is on water authorities to ensure that the water sector is managed 
efficiently and in line with international best practices,” he said.

Zimbabwe has over the years suffered poor power supplies because of limited 
local generation capacity, lack of funds to import adequate electricity and 
a scaling down of provisions from the region.

He said the establishment of sufficient institutional development for 
trans-boundary waters had the capacity to enhance cooperation between 
countries and could boost regional socio-economic development and 

“Trans-boundary waters can make a contribution towards regional peace if the 
institutional capacity exists to manage them cooperatively for the benefit 
of all basin states,” he said.

The Sadc Director of Infrastructure and Services, Remigious Makumbe, said 
water was a key pillar of the economy, adding that there was need to scale 
up its availability to ensure food security in the region.

“Water is the engine for economic growth and many of our member states 
continue to face the challenge of access to water supply and sanitation,” he 

He added: “It is important for SADC countries to build strategic water 
infrastructure that will increase land under irrigation to ensure the 
availability of water and guarantee food security in the region.”

The fifth RBOs workshop aims to build a consensus on Sadc strategies to 
support the efforts of member states in the establishment of institutional 

It is also seeking to strengthen and develop RBOs and other joint 
trans-boundary water resources management mechanisms in the region.


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