Mozambican electricity company posts high losses due to stolen cables

23 January 2007

Maputo, Mozambique, 23 Jan – Mozambican electricity company, Electricidade de Moçambique posted a loss of just US$100,000 due to copper and aluminium cables being stolen, the company’s distribution director for the southern region of Mozambique, Jonas Chitsumba said Monday in Maputo.

Cables continued to be stolen to be sold for scrap despite some of the perpetrators having been electrocuted and permanent cooperation between EDM and the police, Chitsumba said.

During a press conference to explain why there had been long power cuts last week in Maputo, Chitsumba said that the problem had been due to a combination of high temperatures, damage to buried cables during work carried out by the water and telecommunications companies, cables being stolen and increased demand.

Last week most of Maputo was without electricity for three long periods when temperatures rose above 40 degrees Celsius.

According to Chitsumba, there are also problems arising due to the growth and improved living conditions of the population as in the 1980s the maximum consumption of electricity in Maputo-Matola was just 50 megawatts, these days it is 300 megawatts. (macauhub)