STATE-owned power utility firm, ZESCO will start importing power from ESCOM in South Africa on the 1st of October 2019.

Addressing the media in Lusaka, ZESCO Acting Managing Director Webster Musonda disclosed that the importation of power will lead to an upward adjustment of electricity tariffs which will vary depending on demand.

Mr Musonda explained that the new electricity tariff hike will only be for six months of the power importation aimed at mitigating load shedding following a decline in generation necessitated by low water levels.

Mr. MUSONDA says the imported power will cost 22 million dollars monthly which will be passed on to consumers.

Meanwhile, Mr Musonda says the current load-shedding hours will be reviewed once the importation of power from ESKOM South Africa starts.

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