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LOAD SHEDDING NOT ANTICIPATED

Maseru, Apr. 03 – As winter season approaches, Lesotho Electricity Company (LEC) says it is too early to anticipate load shedding this season.

This, LEC Acting Public Relations Manager Mr. Ts’epang Lelia said in an interview with the Agency, following complaints from some LEC customers that recent regular electricity cuts might be due to load shedding.

He clarified that load shedding is caused by an excess of generation capacity which leads to an imbalance between supply and demand, urging customers to use electricity wisely to avoid power cuts.

He indicated that most people resorted to electricity in winter last year due to increased fuel prices, expressing hope that now that people are used to increased fuel prices, electricity will not be used in large numbers this year.

He also urged people to use and handle electricity with care to avoid power cuts and costs. 

Also interviewed was Mrs. Mamojaki Mapetja who expressed concern over continuing power cuts in her village.

She indicated that electricity usually cuts in the morning hours or evening, indicating that the metre numbers usually reflect on the metre box with no electricity.

She said they were told that this is due to low voltage, urging LEC to solve this problem before winter when most people will be using electricity and with heavy load.

Reports indicate that Lesotho’s internal generation satisfies over 60 percent of its demand and LEC covers this short fall by purchasing electricity from Eskom, a South African power utility, and more recently from EDM, a Mozambique power utility.

LEC was established with the objective to provide reliable, safe, environmentally friendly and quality electricity for sustainable economic growth and improved quality of life for the people of Lesotho.

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