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Zambia Sugar set to import electricity as ZESCO serves notice of 50% cut in power supply to company


Zambia Sugar has assured the government that it would not lay off any of its 7,200 workers despite ZESCO’s plan to reduce power supply to the agro firm.

Company Managing Director, Oswald Magwenzi, stated that they had opted to import power to maintain productivity and retain all its employees.

Speaking at Nakambala House in Mazabuka District during a courtesy visit from Technology and Science Minister, Felix Mutati, on Friday, Magwenzi said no employees would lose their jobs during this period.

Magwenzi acknowledged the high cost of importing power but expressed understanding of the current drought affecting the country in a statement issued in Lusaka on Saturday.

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“ZESCO has informed Zambia Sugar that power supply will be reduced by 50 percent starting next week,” he said.

Technology and Science Minister Mutati thanked the company for ensuring no job losses during the power deficit period and for partnering with the Ministry to prepare for the World Skills Africa Competition.

“In April next year, Livingstone will play host to hundreds of youths from the continent who will showcase their skills at the competition,” he said.

Mutati noted that Zambia Sugar employs skilled individuals who can help train Zambian competitors ahead of the event.

He said that Zambian youths would compete in 20 skills categories.

Mazabuka Mayor Vincent Lilanda and Mazabuka District Commissioner Oliver Mulomba accompanied Mutati to the meeting.

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