THE Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (Zetdc) has converted a beer hall in Nkayi into a depot in a bid to service the district as the nearest office is in Redcliff, about 100km away.
The depot, which houses engineering and commercial facilities, is due to be officially opened in April.
On Wednesday, Southern Eye witnessed workers making renovations on the site.
Zetdc Nkayi customer services officer Munetsi Gwemba said the depot would reduce time spent in attending to faults.
“Council gave us the offices on a lease basis and we are turning the beer hall into offices,” he said.
“Our prime aim is to be close to our clients whose nearest office was in Redcliff. The office will ensure that our clients receive quality services from us.”
Gwemba said pre-paid meters would soon be rolled out in Nkayi where there are more than 500 domestic customers.
“Once we open the office on April 1 without fail, pre-paid meters would start being installed,” he said.
“This will improve revenue collection. The office has a commercial section to cater for billing services.”
Prepaid meters allow consumers to manage their power consumption and expectations are that this would lead to efficient use of energy in the country which is facing serious power deficits.
Nkayi Rural District Council Ward 29 councillor Kufakwezwe Ncube said council was leasing the former beer hall as such facilities were no longer viable due to the influx of bottle stores.
“Locals were struggling to access Zesa facilities as they were forced to travel to Redcliff which is about 100km away,” he said.
“With Zesa taking over the beer hall,we hope that will improve services delivery in Nkayi.”