Zambian Load-shedding debate rages


ZAMBIA in the recent past been experiencing load shedding because of low water levels at the Kariba Dam caused by insufficient rainfall in the 2014/2015 rainy season.

The situation has not only affected critical sectors of the economy such as the mining, agriculture and livestock but also the environment.

The impact on the economic sector is almost immediate but gradual on the environment. Load shedding is described as the deliberate shutdown of electric power in a part or parts of a power-distribution system, generally to prevent the failure of the entire system when the demand strains the capacity of the system.

Betternow Finance Company Limited chief executive Noel Nkhoma, an economist was recently quoted in the media as saying that the increased load shedding will have a negative impact on the country’s mining sector. This would in turn affect the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).