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Ramaphosa speaks on Zimbabwe’s shortage of electricity

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said they are willing to support Zimbabwe with energy but they will do a balancing act because they are also facing challenges.

This came after President Emerson Mnangagwa requested for help with power in a bilateral meeting with Ramaphosa.

“President Mnangagwa and I had a wonderful bilateral meeting where we discussed a variety of matters and one of those was energy because Zimbabwe has a shortage of energy at this point in time. They draw quite a lot of their energy from the Kariba Dam ,now they have been going through a massive drought and the Kariba Dam water levels have gone terribly low .They need more energy and as a result they would like obviously South Africa to support them,”  Ramaphosa said.

Ramaphosa also confirmed that Zimbabwe has paid US$10m to South Africa’s ESKOM.              

“They have also pay up their debt that they owed to ESKOM. He confirmed that and he said that they would like obviously to further support and this is type of thing that we are going to discuss with ESKOM because we always   exported energy to Zimbabwe and indeed to other neighbouring countries,”

“The fortunes of ESKOM and the fortunes of energy SADAC are linked with our own fortunes and we therefore as we go with our own challenges have to do a balancing act to see how based we are able to support them but at the same time looking after our own interest,” said Ramaphosa.

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