Economy

Countrywide Power Outage Riles SMEs

A poor blackout yesterday hit about 8 provinces in Zambia at around 16:15 hours affecting business in industrial areas especially on the Copperbelt.

Small Medium Entrepreneur Moses Mpundu complained that delay to restore power which lasted for over three hours affected business.

He has since appealed to Zesco Limited to always notify customers whenever there are challenges being experienced in the supply of Power.

“In the middle of welding power just cut and I thought it was normal like it happens mostly, but shortly I started receiving calls that the power outage had affected a lot of areas, well business was affected yes because my work here entirely depends on electricity and I do not have a power generator as an alternative, so I was really disturbed just like many of my friends,” Mpundu said.

And when contacted, ZESCO Limited Public Relations Manager Hazel Zulu said the power outage which affected almost the whole country was due to a fault at the Leopards hill substation in Lusaka.

She said preliminary investigations revealed that the outage affected parts of Lusaka as well as Central, Eastern, Northern, North Western, Luapula, Muchinga and Copperbelt provinces.

Zulu said Southern and Western Provinces remained on supply.

 

She said power was however restored in Lusaka by 16:24 hours, while the rest of the affected provinces around 19:00hrs.

7 Comments

  1. JMB

    BUT ITS TRUE THAT ZESCO YOU ARE NOT POWERING THE NATION TOO MUCH OF BLACKOUTS

  2. PATRICK

    Kulanda kwalyanguka ba zesco mulabomba mwandini

  3. John

    Here we go, back to the dark ages

  4. John

    Oh dear

  5. FMB

    Let’s minimize in the duration it takes for power to be restored to full capacity

  6. paul yuka

    thats the result of employing cadres

  7. Margret Kasonde Nsama

    In coplaining about Zesco communities will be assisted if info abut Alternative Sustainable Energy can be availed to the fullest as it will help reduce the Load on Zesco and life will be easier and cheaper for the one who move from National Grid

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