Senior executives of power utilities in Southern African nations are meeting in Gaborone, Botswana, to discuss efforts to tackle power shortage in the region.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) meetings on Tuesday, Botswana’s Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, Kgomotso Abi, urged joint efforts to contribute to the power pool as the region currently faces a shortfall of over 80,000 megawatts.

Abi said the region must “come on board with their resources” to improve the supply.

Meanwhile, he praised South Africa for having contributed immensely to the pool.

The three-day meeting hosed by Botswana Power Corporation focuses on “meeting demand through sustainable projects implementation and efficient regional electricity trading”.

The SAPP was created with the aim to provide reliable and economical electricity supply to consumers in the member states.

Several South African countries are facing power shortage due to the delay in power generation projects, according to regional bloc, the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

Overall electricity access in the SADC countries stands at 36 percent and the region has been struggling against a crippling energy deficit since 2007 which is expected to be resolved by 2019, the SADC says. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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