Zimbabwe suffered a power blackout in most parts of the country for more than two hours on Friday due to a “system disturbance”, before engineers restored supply, the power utility said.
Fullard Gwasira, spokesman for state-owned ZESA electricity company said a sub-station in central Zimbabwe that feeds the capital and most parts of the country had tripped, leading to loss of power.
“Marvel sub-station is the bulk supply point which was affected but electricity has now been restored. We are still investigating to see whether the disturbance came from outside the country,” Gwasira said.
Peak power demand in Zimbabwe has fallen over the last decade to 1,600 MW from 2,200 MW due to a prolonged recession that saw the economy contract by nearly half.
Zimbabwe has since experienced chronic power shortages that have deterred investment and hobbled its economy.