SALOON and barber shop owners in Lusaka’s Ten Miles area have commended government for reducing load shedding hours.

Susan Mwachigwala a hair dresser said the development had helped improve her business as she was now able to conduct her trade in an efficient manner without worrying about power disruptions.

She said her business had greatly improved following the reduction in the hours of load shedding.

Michel Kakanda a welder in the same area said that in the past it became difficult to meet the customer’s demand due to excessive load shedding.

He expressed happiness that his business was now doing fine because he was able to make more money than before. And Andrea Mukombwe a barber commended government‘s commitment to ensuring that power was supplied to the area for the well-being of the people.

ZESCO announced early this month that it had reduced the hours of load shedding from eight to four following a rise in water levels at the Itezhi-Tezhi Dam.

Senior Manager for marketing and public relations Bessie Banda said the water inflows in the Itezhi-Tezhi dam had improved and that ZESCO was now able to generate at greater capacity.

She said the development coupled with power imports had made it possible for ZESCO to reduce load shedding from 8 to 4 hours daily.