John Kapito hails Escom’s new load shedding schedule

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Consumer rights activist John Kapito has described the new Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) load shedding schedule as a relief for consumers as it has reduced the hours of blackouts.

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Kapito, who also heads Consumers Association of Malawi (Cama) has since commended the improvement, expressing hope that the trend will continue.

Said Kapito: “This is quite commendable. It means we are slowly going back to normal. But let me caution consumers not to be over excited and buy a lot of perishables as the situation might turn around.”

Escom has published a new load shedding programme from the three-cycle eight-hour power supply and 16 hour load shedding schedule, to a two-cycle 14-hour power supply and 10 hour-load shedding model.

The corporation has attributed the change to improved power capacity available for distribution to consumers.

Presently, the available power capacity is 205 megawatts (MW) from the previous average of 150 MW.

Electricity Generation Company (Egenco) has a generating capacity of 351MW.

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