Imagine if load-shedding meant doing housework after midnight. ...


Imagine if load-shedding meant doing housework after midnight. That’s Zim

The crippling electricity cuts are forcing the rich and poor to upend their lives to get everyday things done


Zimbabweans have flipped their daily routines upside down to make the most out of the electricity that is only available between 10pm and 6am, when people usually sleep.

In Borrowdale, the richest square mile in the capital Harare, most households have back-up power from inverters and generators. But some chores and duties require more than the average amount of energy – and now they must be done at night.

Stella Kawema and her husband, Charles, are employed by a former cabinet minister as his cleaner and gardener. Their boss, like many of his neighbours, has instructed the pair to do chores such as ironing, and the gardening, at night when power is available from the national grid...

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