- April 24, 2019
- Posted in LOCAL
Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority subsidiary ZESA Enterprises (ZENT) plans to install cameras on transformers to curb theft and vandalism, a top official has said.
Recently, the company announced that it was losing at least three transformers every night to vandalism and theft.
In an interview, ZENT acting managing director Mr Burutsa Mandipezano said the initiative is aimed at reducing theft of power infrastructure across the country, a situation he described as worrisome.
“We want to support Government by ensuring that every transformer in the country will have a tracking chip that can be tracked if a transformer is stolen.
Mr Mandipezano said consumers can also help reduce theft and vandalism of transformers by ring fencing them with spikes.
“It’s not our duty alone to prevent theft of transformers. Consumers are also encouraged to help by ring fencing the transformers using spikes so that it becomes difficult for thieves to get in and steal,” he said.
Theft of electricity infrastructure such as copper wires and transformers remains a huge problem which continues to present challenges to Zesa.