Malawi to face more blackouts this year

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The Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) says Malawians should expect more power cuts following the dry spell Malawi has experienced this year.

According to Escom board chairperson Jean Mathanga, the rains this growing season have been insufficient to enable the corporation produce much needed electricity hence there will be more blackouts.

She said the organization generates electricity of 351 megawatts when water levels are at of 260 cubic meters annually, but admitted that this will be impossible this year with the dry spell that has hit the country.

ESCOM.“The water levels in Shire River are very low you can imagine we need over 260 cubic meters but as of now the water has not even reached 200 cubic meters and as time goes by, they will completely be dry and that only tells us that there will be problems,” said Mathanga.

Meanwhile, Mathanga said they are through with discussions which they had with some foreign companies that have shown interest to be supplying solar power in the country.

She said people should fear nothing since they have agreed with four companies and two of them will start generating electricity in the coming two months.

Mathanga added that government also has plans to be generating electricity from coal and to be buying electricity from neighbouring countries such as Mozambique and Zambia.

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  1. The article says there is no reason to worry since in two months time two companies will start generating electricity, while two more will join in later. That sounds to me as a ray of hope. Why is the title of the story so pessimistic by saying that ” Malawi to face more black outs this year.” Possibly we shouldn’t believe that tangible initiative will really be there to solve the problem.

  2. Tangogulani ma solar panel mudzikhala ndi magetsi aulele,nanga vuto mukuliona mukuganiza zitha bwa?.Malawi ndiwosauka alibe chuma komanso mudzingolozana zala,ovutika ndife osauka.

  3. Robert Chikaonda you fool unathawa kuno kaamba sunaphunzire angakulembe ntchito ndani, munthu wopanda nzeru kunyadira dziko laeni uona ngati kumeneko ndiye kwanu kape makolo ako ukusangalala azivutika kapolo ! Dzigwira ntchito ya u garden boy zako kuno sitikukusowa ,ukhala pati uli ndi khomo.

  4. Nkhani yamagetsi amalasha (coal) mudayiyamba kalekale mpaka lero tidzingonvabe nkhani without any action? Mwatengera za mbuyanu kumangoyala miyala ya maziko koma osayikapo chinthu chooneka.Panopa tikufuna tidzinva zoti mwenzi wakuti ma blackout akhala atatha m’malawi kutsatira kubwera kwa makampani four opanga magetsi amphanvu ya dzuwa osati madandaulo daily.

  5. Aaaaaash….Mvula yavuta Ku Southern Region kokha. Central and northern parts Mvula yagwa bwino. And mitsinje yake imakathira mu lake Malawi nkumapita Ku Shire. Nde mukunamanotu. Mxiii

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  8. kodi mukukanizilanji kugulitsa kakampani kaanthu opengaka? Gulitsani tione zina izi zatopetsa mulibe pabwino amaliongo inu ntchito kuba baai palibepo chanzeru apa bola ukanangotseka pakamwa pakoko pamabodzapo

  9. we are used to, when there is rain its too much trash at the baradge when there is no rain it is water table when it is not water table it is amonkey on a switch board if it is not a monkey it is upgrading and when it is non of them it is incompetant

  10. why they dnt want reserve water as our friend in Israel do? we always miss use our Lake yet we have madzi ambirimbiri nde mukatiuze cha? zi ma bill phwamwamwa! koma magesi sakuyaka umbanda umenewutu tikakumana pa judgement day.

  11. Kodi Osangolithetsa Bungwe Limeneli Bwanji? Chaka Chirichonse Amapeza Ponamira.
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  12. Stupid Escom,why Cant U Be Creative.Find Ways 2 Prevent Dis 4m Happening. U R So Pathetic. Introduce New Electrical Systems To End Unneccessary Blak Outs

  13. u hv clearly shown us kut mwalephera!!!!!.instead of assuring us kut u r going to provide other alternative sources of energy ur telling us kut we r going to face more blackouts….so wat do u want us to do?!!!

  14. These are the end times and we should expect more of such calamities as Matthew 24 has indicated. Only those who persevere until the end shall be served. Prostitutes, drunkards and all sinners will not inherit the kingdom of God. The Bible says so.

  15. This is giving conflicting messeges. Should we expect more black outs or something is being done to avert this since you are saying people should fear nothing.Whic is which.