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Zambia To Start Power Imports From S.A

Minister of Energy Mathew Nkhuwa has said Zambia will next week start importing power from ESKOM at a cost of $13.5 million.

Mr. Nkhuwa further has further disclosed that with the inclusion of transmission charges, the cost will go up to $21 million.

He told ZNBC on Thursday that the importation of power from ESKOM will cushion  load shedding hours from at least eight to six hours.
Mr. Nkhuwa said government will continue engaging various counterparts to address the power deficit affecting the country.

58 Comments

  1. SOCCER ANALYSER

    Well done

  2. peter mutambanshiku Mbao

    With Less employment levels in our country self employment or should I say entrepreneurship plays a key role to at least keep the balance welding barber shops ,photocopying to mention a few are on a still due to these power outages therefore increasing the number of “ubulofya” it may sound huge amounts of money but it a little for the benefit of the increasing population of our nation

    • joe

      Peter you are right coz pipo make a living in power so many things has been on stand still due to load shedding

  3. Jonathan Munyenyembe

    You know load shedding won’t seize because of self employment like saloons,Barber shops,game stations to mention but a few… Load shedding can only seize if those are employed

  4. citizen

    Good move but wht of this xenophobia in S.A

    • Dickson Ntaulu

      Comment
      it will come to an end very soon don’t worry..

  5. Dickson Ntaulu

    Comment
    that’s good idea

  6. christopher M.Mutambo

    its a good move though its expensive and it will lead to tariff hike.

  7. Chifumu

    $13.5m/?

  8. Idiocy Detector

    Reducing load shedding hours from 8 to 6, what sense is this making?

  9. Kings

    Buying 2hrs of electricity at $21 ????? Does that make sense mwebantu? From 8 – 6 houwazzzzziii kwati fyamano.

  10. Jah rules

    Jst invest that money in solar energy,cz really it doesn’t make sense ,$21 million dollars for 2 hours

  11. KUNDA

    we have lake Bangweulu why not make a hydro power station from there

  12. PrØ

    Zambia wats happening? from exporting to importing now!

  13. Phillip

    2 hours sure,chimo na tapali

  14. Alexander

    we ve 80 % of water, in our country. why can’t we up grade our hydro power, stations ? this is, the problem of corruption. we don’t ve medicine, in our hospitals, high cost of mealie meal, and high unemployment.

  15. Kicks

    Til when? elo lwanya nomba.

  16. Razor

    Eskom has no excess power to export. They are also facing shortages. This is just another gimmick to externalise funds.

  17. Sangangwapo

    Good move what if this year there is flood enough that we don’t need EskoEskomEskom are we gona cut off the deal or what? Cos that money can be a salary to those recruitstudents

  18. Jr

    $21 million for 8 to 6 hours only? Better they stop and we’ll wait for completion of the two power stations that they’ll commence to construct in Western province. Maybe it will be better.

  19. Bombshell

    I conquer with Jah rules.we invest that money in Solar energy, this will be a long term investment.reducing 2 hours from 8 makes no difference More especially those who find ends meet in small businesses.its a blow.they pay rent, pay zesco & something to take home.its a challenge

  20. MR TRUE

    Plz GRZ just get this simple advise and use them, the money u are spending is too big for 2hrs let us just leave in darkhouses and invest that money in solar energy twapapata.

  21. H2k

    Govt of the day ,you have brought chinese there is no loadsheding in china why can’t you just ask them to build solar power station or whatever they use in china in order to curb the problem of load shedding.

    • Traviss

      Ninshi Ba zesco don’t have advisers who can pump some sense into their dumb heads 2 hours for $21million sureeeee awe cakana

  22. Masika

    That won’t make a big difference invest the money by putting up more power generating station

  23. States

    good idea if it’s true

  24. JANGO UNCHAINED

    $21M ITS TOO MUCH MONEY,LETS DIVATE TO SOLAR ENERGY.THIS IS DAY LIGHT ROBERY.THE DURATION IS UNCERTAN,COZ THE RAINS ARE NEAR.COME ON BA PIPO? TOO MUCH OF CRIMINALITY.

  25. T

    Let’s use better source of energy like
    Nuclear energy.only God knows

  26. pp

    why can’t we have solar, wind and bio energy..some countries have are or have moved to such sources and have improved their energy systems..

  27. Enalo

    better that way

  28. Zm Franki

    The term used they was at least from 8 to 6 ……. This could be less than 2 , equal to 2 or greater than 2 … For me it’s not clear…

  29. Amos

    Good move

  30. Defector

    Govt,we r nt deaf and blind as u thnk we r,jst recently,Dora said she/gvt is in supprt of Zesco’s decision to hike electricity tarrifs!today Zsco is insinuating about importing elctricity 4rm Xenophobia land next week,ar u serious?mano yakulundilamo amalaiti aya and besides,SA is also facing the same power challenges,there is accute loadshedding there,so hw do they start exportng?balya they are nt like us, Amataba tatukwete ayengi but twaamba ukushitishapo!Zambia twalalenga mu SA mwiba peace umulandu wabupuba bwesu,already muli xenophobic violance elo bomfwe ati SA is xportng electricity!nikuno twangala,lundenifye ngamulefwa not ubufi mulelanda ubu!Fyafula!

  31. Gideon mbewe

    Great ideal hope it exactly going to be reduce the loadsheding hours

  32. Siame

    That is greatest u pipo

  33. Pela

    It doesn’t make any sense at all! We are better of with current loading shedding schedule than reducing from 8 to 6 hours with that huge expense! Epakweba ati fwe ma Zambians tunashe ko umulomo! “Ifintu Ni Lungu”!

  34. eugene

    gud ideal i hope

  35. Habenzu

    This ‘d ve been done a long time ago when embassador Mwamba was still in SA,anyways, if it can help to alleviate the status quo of our current power situation the cost mustn’t matter at all.

  36. Mbita

    Ahaaa just do it fast

  37. EMMANUEL MWABABA

    UNLESS YOU HAVE NOT BEEN TO SCHOOL.ELECTRICITY HAVE ITS SOURCE IN WATER.TRY TO HAVE BRAIN.

  38. SEE MIND (MWAMPO)

    GOOD MOVE BA ZESCO TO IMPORT AND OTHER ENERGY CONTINUEING >>>>TO EXPORTING TO OTHER COUNTRIES ( TO TANZANIA AND KENYA) SO THAT WE MORE US LOAD SHEDDINGS !!!

  39. MOM

    6 hrs is still too much for small scale inteterprenuers such as those in saloons, barbershops, carpenters, metal works fabircatoins etc

  40. kaleji mwanza

    I just Had a feeling 50 will be against and the other hand will not be against. hope you can look into solar energy resource too, Eskom pressure free

  41. SEE MIND (MWAMPO)

    SPENT $21 MILLION TO IMPORTION TO REDUCED ONLY 2 HOURS OF LOAD SHEDDING WHAT YOU MAKE SENSELESS BA ZESCO ARE YOU MAKE SENSE. LESS ONLY 2HRS MORE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS SPEND( ZESCO THIEFS) __!!!

  42. David mulenga

    U pipo don’t have brains u have even know what is happening in sa this pipo are killing you pipo but busu saying u are going to import power from them beniko serious it’s not making sense

  43. vince

    I agree with u ba razor

  44. bright tembo

    nice

  45. Vaal mula

    Importing power forgetting reducing the price of AKABUNGA. But AKABUNGA kalimishupa ba mbuli,you shall see.

    • mr kantonga

      don’t you know how to cultivate?
      please you are making noise, bring ideas not foolish comments.

  46. Kwendanayesu

    Another new method of stealing money!!

  47. Mwana wa kuchipata

    but zoona i wish to be a presedent of the week

  48. mr kantonga

    good idea I think it will help,
    bring even other solutions.

  49. Citizens

    This will increase the cost of buying electricity unites!!!!

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