A to Z: E is for…

When I first arrived in Lilongwe, there was constant load-shedding, which resulted in power cuts every 2-3 days for anything between 1-8 hours! It wasn’t until 6 months in, that I discovered there was a load shedding schedule on the ESCOM website. Disappointingly, it wasn’t exactly accurate and always kept up-to-date! 3 long time windows per day, which significantly overlaps isn’t a great “schedule” in all honesty. And that’s when it was updated, supposedly every Monday morning. Still, it was better than nothing. To be fair to ESCOM, after a big maintenance project (which caused really really long power cuts, especially in some rural districts), there is no more load shedding, at least in Lilongwe. We’ve enjoyed a relatively very stable power supply since around the middle of last year.

Food for thought… according to an article in The Economist:-

The state-owned electricity company struggles to keep the lights on even though only 7% of the population is connected to the grid. Power cuts add to the high cost of doing business (Malawi is ranked 171st out of 189 countries by the World Bank).

Kapichira Power Station on the Shire River - view from Majete Game Reserve.

Kapichira Power Station on the Shire River – view from Majete Game Reserve.

Advertisements
Categories: Malawi, Volunteering, VSO | Tags: , | Leave a comment

Post navigation

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Create a website or blog at WordPress.com

%d bloggers like this: