Redcliff turns into a village as water, power is cutoff


KWEKWE – Redcliff, the once industrial gem of Zimbabwe is quickly turning into a village.
Residents of the rich industrial town until the 90s have been without water for two weeks now after Kwekwe City Council disconnected it over an unpaid $80m bill.

Residents said they now get water for domestic use from contaminated mine shafts.
Redclif Mayor Clayton Masiyatsva confirmed the development in an interview with The Mirror.
As if this is not enough, Zisco, the once largest iron and steel company in Southern Africa has also had its power withdrawn by Zesa owing to a $40m debt.
Sources said the disconnection of power to Zisco affects residents directly as the water supply chain is such that water which is sold to residents by Redcliff passes through Ziscosteel water treatment plant.

“We stopped receiving water from Kwekwe some weeks ago and the reason is that our bill has accumulated to over $80m. In addition, there is a pending Zesa issue where Ziscosteel was disconnected by the national power utility over an outstanding debt.
Ziscosteel CEO Farai Karonga said the situation was desperate and chances are slim that Zisco will be able to pay its debt to Zesa because the company has not been producing anything for years now.

“This debt problem is an old thing which started long back, when the company stopped production. The debt is now too much and something should be done so that power supply is restored,” he said.
The mayor called residents who in any case have no source of income because there is no employment in the town to pay their rates. He warned that the local authority would soon start disconnecting water supply to those who owe it money.

Enos Phiri, a Redcliff resident appealed to Government to intervene and solve the town’s water woes.
“We appeal to Government to come to our rescue. Redcliff is an urban settlement and we need to get water in our homes to avoid waterborne diseases. We are using water from disused mine shafts and this is a big risk to our lives since these are contaminated with chemicals,” he said.

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