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ZESCO apologises to the nation for the unplanned and sporadic load shedding around the country

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ZESCO has unreservedly apologised to the nation for the unplanned and sporadic load shedding around the country.

ZESCO Director of Corporate Affairs and Business Development Bestty Phiri said the power utility company was apologising to its customers for the unplanned load shedding of power.

Mr Phiri said in an interview yesterday that the load shedding was as a result of mechanic failures at Kafue Gorge and Kariba North Bank.

“ZESCO is hereby apologising to the nation for this unplanned load shedding which is being experienced in most parts of the country. This
is owing to the fact that there are mechanic failures at Kafue Gorge and Kariba North Bank,” he said.

He said ZESCO regretted the power outages which the whole nation had been experiencing recent days.

Mr Phiri said engineers had rectified the mechanic failure at Kafue Gorge while at Kariba North Bank, the power was expected to be back to full supply today.

“At Kafue Gorge, the power supply is back but for Kariba North Bank, the normal supply will be tomorrow (today) after rectifying the mechanic failure, “he said.

He said ZESCO was also at a loss in terms of revenue due to the power failures. He said the priority area of ZESCO was to satisfy customers adding that most people felt disadvantaged due to the power failures.

He assured that ZESCO was working round the clock to ensure a steady supply of electricity in the country.

He said he was hopeful the firm would minimise the load shedding by producing more power and even increase exports to neighbouring countries.

Mr Phiri said ZESCO was also encouraging farmers to be cultivating at night when demand for power was less.

28 COMMENTS

    • I think we need to recommend ZESCO.Power cuts have been reduced to almost Zero per week esp in my area.

    • I have been in the UK 8 years and there has been not power outage even for 1 second were I live!

    • Iwe Kwekwe, whatever your name is, how do we recommend ZESCO and to who, did you mean commend them for their poor service because you are used to it and enjoy it!!!!!!!

    • Disregard this new “Thermometer”. I am still around, but only stopped commenting. Please find another pseudo.

  1. Exporting power when citizens are suffering? That is ridiculous Mr Phiri. So far, ZESCO is the the worst company in Zambia. You are just lucky because you do not have competitors. Otherwise, you are a let down.

  2. We are tired how do you apologies now when did you know of the problem. i wish we had more power companies

  3. “At Kafue Gorge, the power supply is back but for Kariba North Bank, the normal supply will be tomorrow (today) after rectifying the mechanic failure, “he said

    Mechanic Failure or Mechanical Failure, KEKEKEKEKEKE. Son of Cyprian CHEAT-undu has started cheating

  4. To say the least, I am very disappointed with ZESCO. Poor public relations. We should have been informed the day the they starte dexperiencing mechanical failures

  5. Something is horribly amiss here. These are the same machines that have of late seen frequent shutdowns to allow for maintenance works. Now the supposed revamped machines in mere weeks have started having breakdowns, dear God. Later should I hear that the Kariba dam wall has broken and the lake has flooded it’s way into the Indian ocean, I would be hardly surprised.

  6. Something is horribly amiss here. These are the same machines that have of late seen frequent shutdowns to allow for maintenance works. Now the supposed revamped machines in mere weeks have started having breakdowns, dear God. Later should I hear that the Kariba dam wall has broken and the lake has flooded it’s way into the Indian ocean, I would be hardly surprised. where can I buy Solar panels? I think God is a bit more organised to allow frequent and unscheduled blackouts of the sun.

  7. ZESCO, the nation has had enough of your lies. What is the connection between Kafue Gorge Power Utility and Kariba North Bank. Are they connected to the same grid? What i suspect is, you want to hold Zambians to ransom by accepting your planned upwards tarrif adjustment which you have a problem to convince ERB to accept. You want to show that you need money desperately to buy new equipment, which money will taken by politicians to pay for crossing over opposition MPs and paying for by-elections.

    • Sikufele indeed. Don’t you know about Southern Africa Power Pool(SAPP)?
      The connection runs from Eskom up to ZESCO sometimes up to SNEL in Congo.
      All these machines have to be synchronized. Meaning they are interconnected and at the same frequency.
      ZESCO yes has to improve but this has been a national issue since Chiluba’s time and will only better when power rehabs are done.
      Go on a conducted tour of power stations like I did to understand what it actually takes to have electricity reaching your home.
      You will be amazed and maybe then you would give better advice to ZESCO.

    • @Dip Stick, Really? How about just keeping quiet? Power cuts have nothing to do with SAPP and having to ‘synchronize’ it at the same frequency! Power cuts in Zambia are a function of the lack of electricity or energy!

    • Goncalves,Sikufele asked about the connection between Kafue Gorge and Kariba North power stations. When one of them is down or not at full production,the loads it supplies have to be taken up by the remaining power stations. If they can not, loadshedding comes in.
      They are all connected and supplying power to the same interconnected grid. So,SAPP comes in because the whole system is linked from Eskom to ZESCO

  8. WHAT A STUPID APOLOGY. YOU ONLY APOLOGISE IF IT IS A ONE-DAY EVENT AND YOU QUICKLY COME IN TO PUT MEASURES TO ARREST THE SITUATION, NOT THIS DAILY BREAD OF NOT HAVING POWER. IF YOUTAKE STATISTICS OF THE BOSSES IN ZESCO YOU WILL FIND THAT THE MAJORITY, IF NOT ALL OF THEM ARE BEMBAS, AND WHAT ELSE DO YOU EXPECT. THE COMPANY MAKES A LOT OF MONEY BUT YOU CAN’T BUY NEW MACHINERY TO REPLACE THOSE OUTDATED ONES. IT’S ALWAYS LIKE THAT WHEN YOU DON’T HAVE A PRESIDENT IN THE COUNTRY. ZAMBIA HAS NO PRESIDENT.

  9. If the money being spent in these by-elections had been channeled to sorting out some of the messes at ZESCO we would not be having the sporadic load shedding. It is unfortunate that more opposition MP’s continue to be appoint to positions in government which lead to more by-elections and unplanned for budgetary costs but unfortunately the President in his good judgement sees it fit to trigger more by-elections. ZESCO is not even the issue here but the people that are impoverished that live in communities that don’t have clean drinking water and no sanitation whatsoever. Is His excellency thinking about these people when he goes ahead to appoint these renegade MP’s to public office? His excellency should not put partisan politics above the welfare of his people as it is unpatriotic!!!

  10. for me ZESCO is the beginning and End of what is commonly called STUPIDITYY. If i had my way all these employees would be thrown in Lake Kariba so that we feed those hungry creatures. am surely embarrased to share the same citizenship with such as a stupidd cadre of employees. your colleagues in the immediate past used to import power to cover for the deficit but for you its something else. you just sit your soiled bottoms on those chairs and fart the whole day without doing anything silly morons.

  11. ZESCO requires a different institutional arrangement. However for as long as we are going to consider ZESCO as a potential partner during elections, this shall continue until the Lord Jesus Christ returns to normalise ZESCO operations will real people.

  12. A lot of problems at the power utility company. Board Chairman “Father” Bwalya, the chicken hang man. MD Cyprian Chitundu, Russian trained engineer whose track record at Kariba North Bank has been conveniently concealed by PF. Has he been cleared of that scandal at Kariba Noth Bank. The investigation has been swept under the carpet. How does he effectively manage his surbodinates?

  13. waw people can condem… But we need to come up with solutions that we can sugest to impruve our country, i have the solution.

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