Govt to ban fridges, stoves, radios, TVs


THE Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (Zera) is set to impose a ban on the use of energy-guzzling appliances, a move that could leave many families without their most treasured household electrical gadgets.

Zera is government’s energy regulator.

Speaking during a stakeholders’ workshop in Bulawayo yesterday, engineer Samuel Zaranyika said the ban of heavy energy consuming appliances would save the country about 377 megawatts.

“The main benefit is that there will be reduction in energy use. People are just using appliances which are not efficient and, after this has been enforced, we expect people to use appliances that are energy efficient,” he said.

“Why have we actually developed these regulations? There are no efficiency appliances flooding the market. You and I all know it. There is need for great investment in the electricity generation, so by using energy-efficient appliances, we can actually create a virtual power station through using the energy-efficient appliances.

“If we make a saving of 200MW, through the use of energy-efficient appliances, it’s actually cheaper than putting up a 200MW power station; and we don’t have the money.”

Targeted appliances include air conditioners, audio and video equipment, dishwashers, electric ovens, refrigerators and freezers; tumble dryers, washer-dryer combinations, washing machines as well as induction cook stoves.

Currently, Zera is doing consultations across the country with the intention of implementing the regulations on or before next year.

“Why these regulations? We want to increase the energy efficiency of appliances, and we are going to set the minimum performance standards,” he said.

Zaranyika said the regulations were being used by countries such as Japan, the United Kingdom, Australia, Kenya and Ghana, among others.

“We want to increase the energy efficiency of the appliances and eliminate less efficient models currently on the market. We want to harmonise with other countries’ standards like South Africa and Japan so that we prohibit imports of inefficient products,” he said.

But there were concerns from other stakeholders who felt the move would deprive many citizens.

Some suggested that Zera should invest more in energy production than restricting people from using it, thereby losing revenue in the process.

There were also suggestions that the authority should make sure that all energy-efficient appliances were made affordable to encourage uptake.

According to the proposed Electricity (Energy Efficiency of Electrical Appliances) Regulations 2018, the regulations will apply to electricity mains operated appliances manufactured, imported and donated for use in the country.

No person shall import, manufacture, store, offer for sale, sell, distribute, receive as a donation, or otherwise dispose of non-efficient appliance, unless it complies with the minimum energy efficiency standard and the energy performance requirement.

Any person who contravenes the provisions of the regulations shall be guilty of an offence and liable to a fine not exceeding level five, or in default of payment, imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months or both such fine and such imprisonment.


  1. Zimbabwe is full of dreaming Executives,does this Engineer understands the power problem in Zimbabwe,the first thing to look at is generating power then how to manager the supply,This so called Engineer is busy managing the supply without adequate strategic plans referral to generation of electricity.He also leaks basic financial analysis,if you do not sell at optimum how do you grow your operations and projects. More so Zimbabwe needs to be capacitated with latest technology for companies that produce these appliances to produce according to specifications that are meant to serve power. He talked about South Africa as an example he is very wrong South Africa first sold the idea to these companies and help them to produce these power serving appliances.Companies in zimbabwe most of them are using machines which are very old and use a lot of electricity therefore it is this production aspect that he should look at first before he proposes to put his command economics into play.l will have thought him being an engineer as he is called would provide government with realistic measures.ln as long as the country is importing these appliances they remain beyond the reach of many an employed zimbabweans

  2. Kkkkkkk what a stupid suggestion audio and video equipment,what energy consumption are you talking of here if you have failed say it out. we were told that Kariba extension was completed and this would boost power so where is your worry comimg from. Instead of you being happy that people are using more power,so you are generating more money to pay the Chinese who did the work for you. In Zim even kusura chaiko kucharambidzwa because the gases pollute the air and also can affect the ozone layer.

  3. Camilla Kasinayo


  4. Uku ndokupenga. First they take away our US$. Then they tax us. Now they say dont use your appliances.

    1. This law would be terrible i agree. But paIssue of banning $US i think your thinking is terrible. “They took away $US from us” Do you own $US?

  5. I am smelling a rat here! Is someone trying to create a monopoly for his own businesses? Zimbabwe is a nation which is inviting investment in all sectors of the economy including power generation and China is doing wonders for us in that respect but someone is suprisingly introducing his own kind of austerity against that good development. The future anticoruption commission needs to be vigilant and investigate whether those making such buffling proposals are not also covertly operating bussinesses in the same sector of trading of electrical appliances. People should be left using their gadgets as long as they can pay for the energy consumption so that the energy suplier in turn gets income to invest more in the power generation plants and also create more employment. Let’s also avoid stifling inovative minds by threatening them with arrest and imprisonment.

  6. You should be talking of manufacturing of energy efficient appliances and not banning . Do you expect people to suddenly throw away the appliances which have cost millions of dollars . If you are going to replace the appliances for us , yes it will work . If not , then you are dreaming well . You should work on making life easy for the people of Zimbabwe and not work on making life difficult for people .

  7. The regulations are also good for the climate.

  8. The writer of this article is very silly. Clearly ZERA is talking about promotion of energy efficient appliances, rather than complete ban of all appliances.

  9. Kkkkkk.This one must visit a suicidal clinic,the sooner the better.

  10. Either way, both the reporter and the ZERA danderhead are nuts. Is that even possible to overnight ban those essential appliances without providing alternatives? But again, we are led by monkeys (who took over a car they cannot drive). The other day Mudenda was calling for the banning of ex-Jap vehicles and that was fulfilled by Mthuli slapping USD duties on them. So what Middle Income economy by 2030 nonsense when the common man is not allowed to dry or own a fridge?


  12. When white people leave, modern civilization leaves with them.

  13. I think either the Engineer is fake or the whole story is fake. No one can possibly be that stupid.

  14. ndanyara mufunge

    Ndi engineer wei gara zviya? This dreamer is targeting the poor, we don’t deny development but let’s start with critical issues not punitive measures

  15. “We want to harmonize with other countries’ standards like South Africa and Japan so that we prohibit imports of inefficient products,” They say. This is outrageous. Why does the government want to harmonize on issues that would make the ordinary Zimbabwean’s life unbearable. Why do we not harmonize on issues like fuel availability, price and quality, availability of basic household goods, availability of decent and affordable accommodation, availability of hard currency cash, job creation and employment, availability of proper up to date medical & surgical apparatus and availability of drugs and most importantly, cash and a proper currency etc. The list is endless.

    The harmonization should be impartial and should begin with fundamental and critical issues that directly affect people’s lives on a daily basis. We will then move on to these energy saving issues after the basic fundamentals have been dealt with.

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