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Loadshedding reduced to eight hours per day split into four hour intervals, govt says

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ZESCO has reduced the hours of load shedding from 12 hours per day to eight hours per day.

This means that the power management will be split into a four hour loadshedding as opposed to six hours split experienced.

The loadshedding reduction has been necessitated because repair works at the Maamba collieries power plant which was shut down for maintenance works has been completed three days ahead of scheduled time.

Acting Minister of Energy Douglas Syakalima in a statement said the load management schedule has been revised.

He said the loadshedding commenced as a result of low water levels and further the hours of loadshedding were revised to 12 hours per day following the shut down of 150 Megawatts unit at Maamba Collieries.

“Following the intervention by the Republican President, Mr Hakainde Hichilema, when he visited the Power Plant on January 8th, Maamba committed to expedite the maintenance works in order to cushion the power deficit. I am happy, therefore, to inform the general public that maintenance works at Maamba were completed on January 17th, 2023, three days ahead of schedule and the Power Plant is now operating at full capacity,” he said.

Mr Syakalima commended management at Maamba Collieries for the positive and prompt response to the President’s call.

He said with the restoration of the 150 Megawatts generator at Maamba Collieries Limited, the current available generation as at January 19th, 2023 is 1,910 Megawatts against the power demand of 2,380

“This has resulted in a reduced power deficit from 620 Megawatts to 470 Megawatts. Given the above development, the load-sheding duration has since been reviewed and revised downwards from 12 hours to 8 hours. In this regard, customers will now be load-shed twice in a day with each interval lasting 4 hours, against the initial interval of 6 hours. This means customers will first be load-shed for 4 hours, then have power for 8 hours after which they will be load-shed for another 4 hours. With this adjustment, customers will have power for a total of 16 hours in a day as opposed to the previous 12 hours of power supply,” he said.

Mr Syakalima added by assuring the general public and the business community that Government is doing everything possible to normalize the situation.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, 19th January, 2023)

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Government to sink boreholes across the country

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“WITH the current devastating climate change, the government is going flat out to sink boreholes and do crop irrigation across the country”, President Hakainde Hichilema has said.

The President said his administration is determined to ensure food security despite the challenging circumstances.
“We are determined to ensure that food security is attained even during these difficult times. Let us all get involved and get it solved. We shall overcome as God will do the rest,” he said.

President Hichilema urged citizens to actively participate in the efforts, stating the collective responsibility to overcome the challenges emanating from the dry spell.

Last week, President Hichilema declared the ongoing drought a national disaster, announcing a comprehensive set of measures to mitigate its impact.

The declaration was prompted by the destruction of one million hectares of farmland, affecting over one million households across the country.

(Mwebantu, Monday, 4th March, 2024)

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‘Why are you pretending to be rich?’ HH asks Gov’t officials who insist on traveling on business class

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PRESIDENT Hakainde Hichilema has described government officials that prefer traveling on business class as cheats and pretenders.

The head of state has revealed that the country has limited resources and it does not make sense for a government official to move in business class at the expense of the treasury.

The president said following the declaration of a national disaster as a result of the prolonged dry spells, that there will be for prudent usage of resources.

“We will aggressively shift resources from consumption, wastage travel, and business class. Secretary to the treasury, I hear there are people who want to travel business class from Lusaka to Johannesburg?” he said, “for one hour 30 minutes [you want to be on business class], we sit on our stools for three hour we village people,”

He wondered what is wrong with a government official travelling on economy class.

What’s wrong with economy ticket for one hour 40 minutes, this is what I call pretence, for one hour 40 minutes you want to fell rich, that’s cheating,” the President said.

He said he has already given his cabinet the signal that there will be no more unnecessary travels.

“There will be no more of such things, including unnecessary travels, size of delegation, I sent this signal to my colleagues in cabinet and I have made this official, resources are limited, the question is how do we utlise the limited resources,” Mr Hichilema said.

Meanwhile, he warned that there will be accountability in the utilization of resources and those found wanting “Will be on their own”

(Mwebantu, Monday, 4th March, 2024)

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House of Chiefs commends President Hichilema’s swift response to drought crisis.

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TRADITIONAL leaders have commended President Hakainde Hichilema’s decisive action in addressing the drought.

House of Chiefs Chairperson Chief Chisunka said the President’s declaration is a timely and crucial step in mobilising resources and support to mitigate the impact of this drought on the affected communities.

Dr Chisunka said the effects of climate change, particularly the prolonged dry spells and erratic rainfall patterns, have posed unprecedented challenges to agricultural systems, water sources, and, most importantly, the livelihoods of people.

He underscored the urgent need for collaborative efforts to mitigate the challenges posed by climate change.

Dr Chisunka said the traditional leadership is committed to supporting the government and ensuring coordinated relief efforts.

“As traditional leaders, we commend President Hakainde Hichilema for his swift and decisive action in recognizing the gravity of the situation and marking our country’s debilitating drought as a national disaster and emergency. Together, we can overcome this crisis and emerge stronger and more resilient than before. We will continue to work together to build a better and brighter future for all our people,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Sunday, 3rd March, 2024)

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