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New ZESA tariffs and all you need to know

These are the latest ZERA-approved tariffs for the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC), the division of ZESA that provides electricity to homes and other final consumers.

Latest ZESA Tariffs Friday, 01 March 2024

Consumption Bands Price per Unit in ZWL$ Est Price including 6% REA (ZWL$) Price in per Unit in USD (Estimated)
First 50 Units $1 188.68 $1 260.00 US$0.07
51-100 $1 320.75 $1 400.00 US$0.08
101-200 $2 339.62 $2 480.00 US$0.13
201-300 $3 396.23 $3 600.00 US$0.19
301-400 $3 679.25 $3 900.00 US$0.21
401 and above $3 820.75 $4 050.00 US$0.22
The latest ZESA tariffs

Last Updated on Friday 01 March 2024 at 10:33:20 Central Africa Time


  • USD equivalent prices are automatically updated by our system based on the prevailing market rates.
  • This is done for informational purposes only.
  • Based on our thorough knowledge we can estimate what you would pay if you asked someone with ZWL to make the payment on your behalf and gave them USD
  • Some of the tariffs given by ZESA do not include a 6% Rural Electrification Levy
  • The tariffs on the right are estimations when the levy is included
  • Units and kWh/hour are the same thing.
  • For now, only exporters such as mines are billed in USD or foreign currency, domestic users and other users are still being billed in ZWL for the foreseeable future.

Also Read: ZESA Pays US$15k Compensation To Electrocution Victim

When will the tariffs start to apply?

According to the approval given by ZERA, the tariffs are coming into effect immediately. The new tariffs came into effect on Friday, 01 March 2024. It is important to note that sometimes tariffs just come into effect without being publicly announced.

What are the current tariffs for each band?

If you’re looking to save money on your ZESA bill, it’s important to understand the stepped tariff system. With this system, the more power you consume, the more you’ll pay per unit. Here are the current tariffs for each band:

  • For the first 50 units, you will pay $1 188.68 ZWL per unit (about US$0.07 per unit), for a total of $63 000.00 ZWL . The total discounted units up to this point are 50 units which will cost you a total of $$63 000.00 ZWL
  • For 51-100 Units, you will pay $1 320.75 ZWL per unit (about US$0.08 per unit), for a total of $70 000.00 ZWL . The total discounted units up to this point are 100 units which will cost you a total of $$133 000.00 ZWL
  • For 101-200 Units, you will pay $2 339.62 ZWL per unit (about US$0.13 per unit), for a total of $248 000.00 ZWL . The total discounted units up to this point are 200 units which will cost you a total of $$381 000.00 ZWL
  • For 201-300 Units, you will pay $3 396.23 ZWL per unit (about US$0.19 per unit), for a total of $360 000.00 ZWL . The total discounted units up to this point are 300 units which will cost you a total of $$741 000.00 ZWL
  • For 301-400 Units, you will pay $3 679.25 ZWL per unit (about US$0.21 per unit), for a total of $390 000.00 ZWL . The total discounted units up to this point are 400 units which will cost you a total of $$1 131 000.00 ZWL
  • For 401 and above Units, you will pay $3 820.75 ZWL per unit (about US$0.22 per unit),

For you to take advantage of the affordable bands, you need to spend almost $1 131 000.00 ZWL (US$$64.35) after levy. This will get you 400 kWh of electricity. If you spend more than this everything above $1 131 000.00 ZWL (US$$64.35) will be charged at the expensive tariff of $45.51 ZWL per unit. If you spend less it means you are not taking advantage of the preferential tariffs available to you.

Is electricity cheaper on the first day of the month?

The answer is yes and no. Each month you are entitled to a discounted 400 units (kWh) of electricity which costs about $1 131 000.00 ZWL (US$$64.35) at current tariffs. So the first $1 131 000.00 ZWL (US$$64.35) you spend gets you 400 kWh of electricity. Therefore even if you buy electricity on the 10th as long as it is your first purchase of the month your $1 131 000.00 ZWL (US$$64.35) will get you 400kWh. This quota is restored on the first day of each month. This means that if you bought up all your 400 kWh in March from 1 April you can now buy that 400 kWh at $1 131 000.00 ZWL (US$$64.35) You can buy that amount on 1 April or 20 April, it doesn’t matter, so long as it’s your first purchase and it’s April.

Each new month the quota resets. This has resulted in the myth that electricity is cheaper on the first day of each month. It’s not true, each month your cheap quota of 400 kWh is restored.

What is a stepped tariff?

Units Cost Excl REA REA ZWL$ Total Charge (ZWL$)
50 $59 433.96 $3 566.04 $63 000.00
100 $125 471.70 $7 528.30 $133 000.00
200 $359 433.96 $21 566.04 $381 000.00
300 $699 056.60 $41 943.40 $741 000.00
400 $1 066 981.13 $64 018.87 $1 131 000.00
500 $1 449 056.60 $86 943.40 $1 536 000.00
600 $1 831 132.08 $109 867.92 $1 941 000.00
700 $2 213 207.55 $132 792.45 $2 346 000.00
800 $2 595 283.02 $155 716.98 $2 751 000.00
900 $2 977 358.49 $178 641.51 $3 156 000.00
1000 $3 359 433.96 $201 566.04 $3 561 000.00
1100 $3 741 509.43 $224 490.57 $3 966 000.00

ZESA does not use a flat tariff like it used to. Instead, they use a stepped tariff. What this means is that the first few units you buy are cheaper. So, for example, the first 50 units you buy each month attract a charge of $1 260.00 ZWL per unit. The next 51-100 units are charged a rate of $1 400.00 ZWL. The idea is to make sure those who are poor can afford electricity but also make sure that those who use a lot of electricity pay more. So the more you use the more expensive the electricity becomes. Each month you get 400 kWh you can buy at a discounted rate.

I am still confused how many units will I get if I spend this much?

How much you will get depends on how much electricity you have already bought in that particular month. If this is your first time buying electricity that month you will get electricity at a cheaper rate. You can use our ZESA calculator here to know exactly how many units you will get. As already said above you can always buy your cheap units anytime during the month and not necessarily on the first of each month.

Does cooking in the evening or early in the morning save electricity?

Some social media posts claim that you can save on electricity if you use power early in the morning or late at night. That is false. For domestic users, ZESA only has one tariff regime whether it’s off-peak or during peak hours. When you top up on units these units represent actual KWHs. The amount of power devices consume does not normally depend on the time of day. This means that you will not save any power by cooking late at night or early in the morning.

What is a unit?

ZESA power is sold in units. One unit is equal to 1 kWh.

Where can I buy electricity?

If you want to pay using Ecocash/OneMoney consider buying using the methods below.

Because electricity is that important there are so many places and ways to buy electricity we cannot possibly list them all. However, here are some of the ways:

  • Using Ecocash or other mobile money wallets i.e. OneMoney and Telecash
  • Using mobile or internet banking- all of Zimbabwe’s major banks allow you to buy electricity tokens via USSD, banking apps or online banking
  • You can also top up ZESA using Paynow which is an online system.
  • Buy from vendors, these grace every neighbourhood and often when everything else fails, buying from a vendor will work
  • Buy from your nearest ZESA office. This is your best bet if the system seems down on other portals.

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