NKOMBO KACHEMBA, Kitwe
TRADERS in Kitwe have commended Government for reducing the period for load-shedding in the mining town, saying this has helped to significantly improve their small-scale businesses.
United Street Vendors Foundation Co-operative Society Kitwe district coordinator Paul Kamusa said in a statement released yesterday that the traders are happy about the increased supply of electricity, which is key to sustained business.
Mr Mambwe said people who sell perishable goods and those who run salons and barbershops are now able to make profits.
“We had traders who used to sell fish, meat and other perishable goods which would go bad due to load-shedding but this is no longer the case, now that we have electricity for 24 hours,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mr Mambwe has appealed to Zesco to use local languages when sensitising traders on the proposed hike in electricity tariffs because some of them do not understand English.