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ZESCO has completed five projects financed by part of the Eurobond received from Government in 2012.

The five projects completed are the 33KV overhead line from Chongwe to Avondale, which was commissioned recently.
The 33KV overhead line will cushion load-shedding in Lusaka’s Roma, Olympia, Garden, Matero, Chelston, Avondale, Ibex Hill, and Kaunda Square stage 1 and 2.

Other projects are the Katuba sub-station in Chibombo, the Switching Gear Station at Heroes Stadium in Lusaka, Ngwerere Sub-station in Lusaka, and the installation of two transformers at Matero sub-station.

The newly-constructed Chongwe sub-station will cater for Rufunsa, some parts of Eastern Province and some of the new economic developments in Chongwe.

Zesco spokesperson Henry Kapata said the Matero sub-station in Lusaka will increase capacity and reduce load-shedding in the capital.

“Zesco would like to urge all its customers countrywide to observe ‘switch and save’ as we go into winter because of massive usage of electricity during this cold season,” Mr Kapata said.

And Mr Kapata said Zesco has also upgraded the Old Chongwe sub-station from 10MVA to 80MVA and the project has already been commissioned.

Mr Kapata also said the Kafue Gorge generator, which has been under maintenance for the past two weeks, has now started functioning.

He said there has been load-shedding due to the absence of the Kafue Gorge generator, which was undergoing routine maintenance.

Mr Kapata said the demand for electricity has increased, with 200 customers being connected daily and many others on the waiting list.

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  1. This is the kind of NEWS we expect in a WORKING country, not ‘so-and-so insults or accuses the other ‘ of some nonsense all the time!

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  2. I am happy to hear that i think former MD C.Chitundu was a right man for ZESCO he used his EUROBOND correctly.

    “DO NOT 4GET KALAMPA WILL RECORD FIRST WIN TODAY AS WE TAKE POLICE OFFICERS”.

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  3. Why are all projects in Lusaka when the money to pay this Eurobond will come from North-Western Province. Concentrating development in Lusaka has fuelled rural to urban migration ending with 80% of Lusaka population residing in compounds.

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  4. ONE BIG DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HIGHLY CIVILIZED COUNTRIES AND OURS IS THAT SUCH PROJECT ARE EMPHASIZED IN RURAL AREAS OR AT LEAST WHAT HAPPENS IN URBAN AREAS SIMILARLY HAPPENS IN RURAL AREAS. BUT IN ZAMBIA WATER RETICULATION AND OTHER UTILITIES ARE THE PRESERVES OF THE URBAN COMMUNITIES. BIG MISTAKE NUMBER ONE. LUAPULA PROVINCE WHICH HAS THE LARGEST %AGE OF WATER HAS NO PIPED WATER AND SEWERAGE SYSTEMS. THERE SHOULD HAVE BEEN AN HYDRO POWER DAM CONSTRUCTED ON LUAPULA RIVER THAT WOULD HAVE SOLVED THE ALL POWER BLUES IN ZAMBIA BUT NO ONE THINKS ABOUT THAT. MIND, I AM NOT FROM LUAPULA PROVINCE.

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  5. Good point @Peter. What baffles is that we switched from government public services to wholesale privatization; that has been our undoing. Mind you, even the Brits and Americans who emphasized the so-called open skies policy have now run back to their government to ask for protection from the Gulf carriers. This shows that we need a home-grown solution to home-spawned problems. Although turbulent, what the Greek left-wing is doing is a step in the right direction. It is all about what the people demand, and not what the calculators inform.

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    • No privatisation has taken place yet in the electricity sector though the sector has been liberalised.NB. REA is busy extending power to rural areas.

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  6. This is good news.Why is Kabimba wasting his time criticizing EL in the Post newspaper just out of envy ? Sir we are seeing the good works by PF and will vote for them again in 2016.If you hate RB,that’s your problem alone….do not spread it like cancer to all Zambians.

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  7. why is it that some pipo fail to see even a smallest unit of good in what our govt do. they increase salaries for workers no it will affect the economy they bring wage freez no it is not a caring govt. is chongwe rural or urban? PF has more projrcts in rural than urban mukwai

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  8. Henry Kapata why do you treat us like school kids, you giving us half-baked drip fed information we are not as dull as the politicians in gov’t.
    We know that usage of the $750m Bond as at 31st March, 2014 allocated to ZESCO was $255m; where $186m for allocated to the Kafue Gorge Lower Power Project and $69m to Power Distribution Project. On Power Distrib. Project as at that date last year the 30 lots under the project, a total of 12 contracts were signed while contracts for 10 projects are at various stages of tender. Contracts for 8 projects were pending. From the 12 signed contracts, 8 sites had been handed over to contractors and works were ongoing, with the most advanced project at 60% completion.
    Now Mr so called spokesman update us on specifics of stages of works as at now.

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  9. Jay Jay……what do you mean…u are as dull as your name.Why criticize govt even where they have so done well ?

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    • You do not know what I mean eh…scratching your head? why not ask politely I ‘ll explain to you instead of attacking me…this is the selfsame reason we never move forward.
      Wake up!!

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  10. No wonder powercuts will never end. Instead of developing power generation (Kafue Lower Gorge has been number 1 for development since the 1970s) the muppets spent the money on better distribution into Lusaka so that their powercuts are easier to make!

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  11. Can some body tell me! the program roundup for luapula province, concerning projects supported by the 2012 Eurobond.We have suffered a lot,and enough is enough.Power is on and off,every day.

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