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Zesco intensifies consumer awareness

By FELIX NKINKE
ZESCO has embarked on a nationwide programme to sensitise consumers on electricity matters and the operations of the energy supply company.
Zesco spokesperson Henry Kapata met 88 Copperbelt-based civic leaders, including chiefs, in Kitwe on Wednesday under the company’s sensitisation exercise.
“We are engaging civic leaders because they are closer to the people. When members of the public rush to report power matters to their area councillors, we see a need to sensitise them on how we are working so that it is easy for civic leaders to inform their communities on various matters we are doing as Zesco,” he said.
The sensitisation programme, which started with in Lusaka Province, seeks to address issues of saving and load shedding, among other problems.
Mr Kapata said the only way Zesco could bring people to understand the importance of saving power was through engaging with civic leaders, adding that the recently-held meetings would be used to reach out to the communities.
Among other issues Zesco engages civic leaders on include the danger and consequence vandalism causes not only to Zesco but the nation in general.
Mr Kapata also said civic leaders were sensitised on the importance of the switch-and-save, which is home saving power as well as helping consumers to understand tariff issues.
He said the meeting on Wednesday also tabled theft of electric copper cables which are stolen from installations and sold as metal scrap.



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