"We owe a significant amount of money to Eskom" - Zimbabwe energy minister

Zimbabwe has been plunged into darkness because of rolling power outages, mounting electricity debt, and residents who cannot pay their electricity bills.

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Bongani Bingwa speaks to the country's Energy Minister Fortune Chasi.

The challenges have been occasioned in part by the hydrological conditions of the Kariba dam which has receded significantly over the past months and has made it difficult for us to rely on it.

Fortune Chasi, Energy minister - Zimbabwe

Yes, the challenges are significant but I am certain that we will get over them and we are working towards that.

Fortune Chasi, Energy minister - Zimbabwe

He adds that it is a number of factors have impacted on the country's lack of power.

We have a utility that is owed a lot of money by consumers in Zimbabwe.

Fortune Chasi, Energy minister - Zimbabwe

Chasi says Zimbabwe has always collaborated with South Africa in the energy sector.

The one thing we want to say to the South African government is that we owe significant amounts of money and we are making efforts to repay the amount we owe to Eskom and we are grateful for the assistance we have received over time.

Fortune Chasi, Energy minister - Zimbabwe

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