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Zesco to install pre-paid meters through out

Economy Zesco to install pre-paid meters through out

Zesco Senior Marketing and Public Relations Manager, Lucy Zimba has disclosed that the company will install prepaid meters to 80 per cent of its customers through out the country by 2011.

Ms Zimba told ZANIS in a telephone interview in Kitwe that the power utility had so far installed prepaid meters in Lusaka and has started a pilot project for the Copperbelt Province where 30 000 meters would be stalled in Ndola.

She disclosed that 2000 prepaid meters had so far been installed in some residential areas in Ndola and that the project would be extended to other parts of the province.

She added that the programme was aimed at reducing operational costs and improve on service delivery at a time when the company was facing various challenges in the energy sector

Ms Zimba added that the programme has enabled the company to get rid of the mass disconnections and accumulation of unnecessary bills by the customers as clients were now paying for what they consume only.

She further said that customers had welcomed and embraced the initiative of prepaid meters throughout the country.

She added that customers who are on the prepaid billing system were no longer receiving services on credit but are actually paying for the service before they use it.



  1. This is a very good idea. This will ensure that consumers do not accrue unnecessary expenses and it will also make consumers more responsible on how much electricity they consume and how they use it.

    This is a step in the right direction. Well done ZESCO.

  2. About time! Election year hope it wont be used for you know what. Overall I cant wait, please Zesco hurry up

  3. This is a good move.Bills will be history.Now Zesco, how are you going to recover the colossal sums you are being owed?Is it a write-off?

  4. At last something is coming into action soon. Its the best so far, pay as you use, or go as you may call it. Zesco bills are at times not justified and you can not argue with the company, there are times when there has been loadsheding the whole week and the bill is the same as when there is no problem. People will be responsible with the usage. Switch off when not in need of it. This is the best news ever. I was so excited when I used this facility early this year when I visited my sister in kabulonga. Goooooooodnews

  5. #10 Pa Wamba- Thats what technology can do. In South America, they use remote controlled loaders to move the ground therefore getting rid of the human driver.

  6. rural electrification is also at a slow pace, my grand mother needs power urgently.
    it will also help us reserve our beautiful.
    ZESCO has a lot to learn from Botswana.

  7. This is long overdue. People will not consume what they pay for, period. Meter readers will also be unnecessary, but I am sure they can be redeployed to do some necessary work in a big organisation like ZESCO.

  8. Iwe 12 Zak, do some research, it is not cheap to maintain your own generator please. ZESCO power will be cheaperin the long run. Emergency standby generator in case of ZESCO power failure, which is very common pa Zed, yes.

  9. Coincidence, I have just come from a corner shop to top up power for my flat. I can assure my fellow Zedians that they will just be okay with the new system.

    Illegal connecters or power thieves should be delt with by the long arm of the law if caught. They are a danger to the development of Zed.

  10. Good development.
    Eye opener lets also think about solar pannels for some or all power utilisation. Am sure even if the capital costs to install a solar panel is high, in the long run it will prove cheaper than the Zesco new system especially with the hicking of tariffs.
    This will also put Zesco on there toes in that they need to charge for their service reasonably.
    Zesco watch out!!!!!!!!!

  11. Nice move ba zesco powering the nation,90.9 percent of people of our mother mother zambia are behind it. BEST OF LUCKY BA ZESCO……….

  12. Very good developement the power utility has done. Customers are paying for what they consume and this has reduced the massive disconnections on the customers. Wishing this move to go to every part of the country. GOOD LUCKY TO ZESCO…

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