There will be no more load-shedding of longer hours-Energy Minister

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Energy Minister David Mabumba with ZESCO Managing Director Victor Mundende during ZESCO "New Strategic Road Map" launch at Lusaka Radisson Blu Hotel on Thursday, 11th May 2017.
Energy Minister David Mabumba with ZESCO Managing Director Victor Mundende during ZESCO “New Strategic Road Map” launch at Lusaka Radisson Blu Hotel on Thursday, 11th May 2017.
MINISTER of Energy David Mabumba says there will be no more load-shedding of longer hours due to increased electricity generation in the country.

Mr Mabumba said due to increased water levels in most water generating points across the country, coupled with generation from solar projects, generation of electricity has also increased.

“There has been no load -shedding since February this year, and the situation will remain the same until further notice,” he said in an interview.

Mr Mabumba said there will be no load-shedding which takes long hours like the ones experienced in the recent past.

He said the increase in water levels in electricity generation points is as a result of the abundant rains in the last rainy season.

Mr Mabumba said he does not expect any kind of load- shedding now because of the increase in generation.

He said people should not mistake electricity supply disruptions during maintenance works to load -shedding.

Mr Mabumba said Zesco will continue to monitor the water levels in electricity generation points such as the Kariba Dam so that there is proper usage of power.

Meanwhile, the National Energy Sector and Allied Workers Union (NESAWU) has commended Government for reducing load-shedding since February this year, saying this will increase production in the economy.

NESAWU secretary general Manson Mutambo said reduced load-shedding has had a positive impact on production.

“Reduced load shedding has a positive effect on production and, as such, this means that there will be trickle-down effects to the economy,” he said in an interview.

Mr Mutambo said the longer hours of load-shedding, which in extremes lasted eight hours, had a negative effect on the economy.

He said load-shedding of longer hours left a lot of small and big businesses negatively affected because their production capacity and turnover reduced drastically.

Mr Mutambo said the increased generation of electricity currently being experienced will contribute further in boosting the economy.

He said most of the entrepreneurs who were negatively affected by load -shedding no longer experience the same hurdles they went through.

Mr Mutambo urged business people to ensure they utilise the reduced load shedding being experienced to record profits in their businesses.

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    What about the tariffs, Mr Minister, when are they going to be reduced? 75 – 100% is way overboard for the majority of the citizens.

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      Forget about tarrifs being reduced…you have to know why they were increased in the first place. Only the mines are enjoying discounted electricity

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      But there will be more load shedding of short hours, this is what the minister of Energy David Mabumba is basically saying.

      Remember that, under PF everything is rightly assured of the opposite.

      Last time PF lied that load shedding would be history by 2015. But guess what, this is 2017 & yet PFenergy minister & PFesco are now yapping from load shedding being history to “they will be no more load shedding of longer hours” when the fact is that, load shedding is still here. Load shedding is load shedding whether it is less hours or days.
      Under PF bandits load shedding is a normative.
      The Skeleton Key
      ~206~

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      Don’t even talk about it, you had a chance to make your submission but as usual Zambians are just good at complaining in social media, no action

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    THat’s what these unions are good for commending ….when things were bad they were quiet, its like every union leader is eyeing for a govt position.

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    The journalists are being sensational. Why are you going out of your way to say “NO MORE LOADSHEDDING (of longer hours) when you could have said Loadshedding to reduce. The truth is that loadshedding is still with us.

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    Load shedding is long gone in my area.we have power 24/7 and we like it.so increament was a good move as we are ready to support zesco to increase power generation so that load shedding can end 100% in Zambia.
    Even water is now 24/7 in our homes-bravo PF Govnt!!
    Keep it up Hon.Ministers and never mind haters in upnd who feel bad about such good news!!

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    What rubbish! In Makeni there has been LOAD SHEDDING for the last THREE DAYS in working hours from start to finish!
    Either this Minister is so ignorant he does not know what he is talking about, or he is being totally DISHONEST and telling LIES!
    Clueless incompetence whichever way you look at it.
    Meanwhile the economy suffers and jobs get less and less. Is this how Lungu is going to deliver his 500,000 jobs?

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    Comment:
    Earlier in the year one senior leader stated categorically that there would be NO load shedding this year. Now there’s a modification. Why this confusion?

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    You mudala,two weeks ago in chilenje opposite chilenge market there was load shedding in the evening. What’s up with that?

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