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Author: Joy Mbuna

Author: Joy Mbuna

TID Project Second Phase Starts on a Positive Note

Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) Limited Token Identifier (TID) Project Manager Douglas Kamanga says the second phase of the meter upgrading exercise has started on a good note. He said this in an interview while giving an update on the project which involves upgrading all electricity prepaid meters in the country. Kamanga said customers’ electricity meters in six more districts have successfully been rolled over in just a month after starting the second phase of the TID Project. “Having concluded the first phase of the TID

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Man Fined K150,000 for Illegal Electricity Connection: ESCOM Limited Says Punishment Unsatisfactory

By Cosmas Kaunga, ESCOM Outreach Officer Mzimba Magistrate’s Court has convicted and slapped Matthews Mazi with a K150,000 fine over illegal electricity connection to Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) Limited network. The punishment for Mazi has since prompted a reaction from ESCOM Limited Director of Legal Affairs and Company Secretary (DLACS), counsel Sally Mtambo, who says the fine cannot deter would-be offenders. Earlier, Jenda Police Public Relations Officer, Macfarlen Mseteka, said the court fined the 34-year Mazi when he appeared before the court on December 18

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Director of Legal Affairs calls for timely reporting of accidents

By Peter Kanjere, ESCOM PRO The Director of Legal Affairs and Company Secretary (DLACS) for ESCOM Limited, counsel Sally Mtambo, has urged controlling officers for the power utility company to ensure compliance with section 37 of the Electricity Act by reporting cases of accidents in a timely manner. The section reads: “A licensee shall send to the Authority notice of any accident of such a kind as to have caused, or are likely to have caused, loss of life or serious personal injury which has occurred in

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2 transformers switched on at Kanengo Substation

By Peter Kanjere, ESCOM PRO Two new transformers were switched on at Kanengo Sub-station in Lilongwe on December 10 2023, as the Improvement of Lilongwe Sub-stations Project gathered momentum. Bernard Nkhulawe, the project’s manager for ESCOM Limited, said the energizing of the two transformers signals that the work to upgrade Kanengo and Lilongwe Old stations was on track. “We are connecting two transformers. There is transformer number 4. This one is 132kV to 66kV and it is rated 50MVA. We call it IBT number 4. This will

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Stop songs and jokes that perpetuate GBV—ESCOM COO

By Peter Kanjere, ESCOM PRO Songs and jokes that border on obscenity have no place in Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) Limited, as they perpetuate Gender-Based Violence (GBV). ESCOM Limited Chief Operations Officer, Eng. Maxwell Mulimakwenda, said this in his speech when he opened a virtual conference for the corporation’s members of staff to commemorate 16 Days of Activism Against GBV from 1:30pm on December 6 2023. Mulimakwenda said time for suffering in silence when subjected to GBV at the workplace in ESCOM has ended. “We

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ESCOM Suspends Electricity Price Hike on Residential Customers

By Cosmas Kaunga, ESCOM Outreach Officer Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) Limited says it has suspended the electricity price hike on domestic customers until April 1 2024. Speaking in Blantyre, Honourable Ibrahim Matola, Minister of Energy, said on November 9 2023 Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA) announced an increase in electricity prices by 40.92 percent following an application of Automatic Tariff Adjustment Formula (ATAF). Matola said MERA provides for an automatic tariff adjustment whenever the economic fundamentals deviate by a minimum of plus or minus 5

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Affordable Agriculture Electricity Tariff to Spur Economic Growth

By Cosmas Kaunga, ESCOM Outreach Officer Certified and registered farmers will see themselves paying 30 percent lower in electricity bills, as the government has introduced a special agriculture electricity tariff. Speaking in Lilongwe, Hon. Ibrahim Matola, Minister of Energy, said the agriculture tariff would help spur Malawi’s development as the country’s economy is agro-based. Matola said this on Friday, November 24 2023, at a sensitisation meeting for district officers on the new tariff. The Presidential Delivery Unit (PDU) organised the meeting with support from Global Energy Alliance

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TID Project first phase a success—ESCOM Limited COO

By Cosmas Kaunga, ESCOM Outreach Officer Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) Limited Chief Operations Officer (COO), Mr Maxwell Mulimakwenda, says the first phase of the Token Identifier (TID) Project has been successful after upgrading 40 percent of the targeted electricity meters. Mulimakwenda said this on Friday, November 24 2023, in Lilongwe where the power utility company organized a tour for the media in Areas 36 and 47, to appreciate the progress of the project. He said 214,000 prepaid meters have been upgraded in all the cities

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ESCOM employees and 2 others fined K250,000 each for illegal electricity connections

By Peter Kanjere, ESCOM PRO Four people, including two ESCOM Limited employees, have been fined K250,000 each for committing offences of illegal connections to buildings at Namadzi Trading Centre in Chiradzulu District. Chiradzulu Police spokesperson, Constable Cosmas Kagulo, confirmed the development through a statement. Chiradzulu Third Grade Magistrate’s Court fined 33-year-old Zomba ESCOM linesperson Bathlomew Gowero, temporary linesperson Anord Kalunga (33), ex-ESCOM employee Chifundo Chasweka (30) and private electrician Robert Hannock (30) on October 27 2023. Chiradzulu Third Grade Magistrate Phwitiko delivered the judgement on the four

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ESCOM and BWB step-up HIV/AIDS and Wellness Awareness workshops

By Cosmas Kaunga, ESCOM Outreach Officer Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) Limited and Blantyre Water Board (BWB) conducted yet another HIV/AIDS and Wellness workshop from November 20 to 23 2023 in Lilongwe. The two parastatals carried out a similar workshop at St John of God in Mzuzu from January 30 to February 1 2023. The latest workshop, which pulled together heads of secti ons and peer educators from ESCOM and BWB, was aimed at equipping the participants with knowledge of the preventive measures and management of

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