Zimbabwe’s power utility, Zesa, has acquired industrial grade enterprise drones that will help it curb copper cables theft and outright vandalism of infrastructure.
Theft of ZESA infrastructure has become prevalent in Zimbabwe, and early this year ZESA spokesperson Mr Fullard Gwasira said vandalism and theft of electricity infrastructure has cost the power utility $20 million.
In a Tweet by Mr Gwasira, the drones will help in curbing the attack on infrastructure that has been bleeding the country dry.
“The drones are here, ZETDC adopts drones to fight Vandalism and patrol infrastructure,” he said.
Addressing parliamentarians last week the Energy Minister Advocate Fortune Chasi said that ZESA required US$100 million to replace around 2000 transformers stolen.
There are various effects that vandalism has on various sectors in the country, and this has the potential to hamper the sustainable provision of services such as communication, water and electricity. Meanwhile the quality of life for residents is affected as well as local economic development.