Continuous power load shedding forces some businesses in Chipata to cut down on their production.

Continuous power load shedding has forced some businesses in Chipata district to cut down on their production.
These include Spar, which has lowered its bread production.
Spar Trainee Manager Mike Chulu says that power interruptions are inconveniencing the company operations while perishable foods tend to go bad.
Mr Chulu told Breeze News that it is also expensive to use a gen set as it requires fuel to run adding that this has resulted into the company making losses some times.
And Senior Administrator for Chipata General Hospital, Webster Chisaka expressed concern that the power outages were affecting operations especially in the theatre.
He says it would have been better if ZESCO, the Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation came up with a schedule to notify the public on the exact days they will be switching off power.
Mr Chisaka however, explained that the hospital has not recorded any fatal incidents because of the gen set, which is used to supply power.
But ZESCO Principal Operation Manager, Joseph Soko has attributed the power outages to works of replacing the old turbine controllers on four of the generators at Kafue Gorge Power Station.
Mr Soko says that the programme is aimed at restoring the automatic turbine control of the units, which will greatly enhance the power system security.
He also says that it is hard for ZESCO to notify the public on the exact days when load shedding is being effected because his office is never told on time.

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