'Better electricity generation required' in Southern Africa
18 November 2010
Southern Africa should look to boost regional economic development by increasing the amount of electricity it generates, it has been claimed.
Robert Mugabe, president of Zimbabwe, was speaking after the Caprivi Link Interconnector in Katima Mulilo, Namibia, was unveiled, the Herald reports.
The 300-megawatt high-voltage power transmission line will improve energy infrastructure in the area and link Namibia to Zimbabwe's national grid.
"I need not underscore the fact that energy is one of the pillars upon which rests the success of all our economic development plans," Mr Mugabe said.
He added failure to produce enough energy would leave a number of sectors struggling to fulfil their potential.
The politician observed that for too long industry had been burdened by insufficient electrical supplies and this situation cannot be allowed to continue.
It is one of a number of energy projects currently taking place in the Zimbabwe, with a $600 million (£375 million) scheme also underway.