Tags: Escom

Escom outlines risks to power generation

  Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) has described the dependent on one river and one technology as major risks to power generation in the country, a development that is robbing the parastatal of millions of kwacha. Escom chief executive officer John Kandulu said this on Sunday in Mangochi during the opening of the power…

Brace for more blackouts—Escom

  Malawians should brace for prolonged hours of blackouts following the continued dwindling of water flows in the Shire River and Lake Malawi, that is the message from Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom). During the just ended Christmas and New Year festive season, Escom customers, who make up 10 percent of the 16 million…

MSE struggles to court corporate bonds

  Malawi Stock Exchange (MSE) seems to be facing difficulties to attract firms to issue corporate bonds that can be listed on the stock market. Bonds—investment instruments with low entry cost and highly efficient and transparent—are tools designed to appeal not only to institutions, but also to retail investors. MSE chief executive officer John Kamanga…

Girl dies from electrocution

A 12-year-old girl has died in Blantyre’s Ndirande Township after being electrocuted on Monday. Police say the girl, identified as Asiya Makoka, got electrocuted when she accidentally hang clothes on an electricity line from an illegally tapped supply. “The girl was washing clothes and tried to hang some clothes on the line not knowing it…

Escom vandalism case verdict today

  The Neno Second Grade Magistrate Court is today expected to deliver judgement in a case of vandalising of Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) property. Sungani Chapweteka, from Munlo Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Kapeni in Blantyre, is accused of vandalising 30 angle irons between Nkula and Chingeni which provides power supply to Balaka, Dedza,…

Fury, desperation over electricity loadshedding

  There is growing fury and desperation among Malawians over the recent intermittent power outage that is substantially impacting on households and businesses. In recent months, Malawians have endured combined long hours of blackouts that are unleashing serious knocks on them due to diverse faults and rationing. The development has compelled some people to call…

For a long time, Malawians have cried for competition or alternative players in the power market where Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) has been the sole player and monopoly over the past 50 years and still counting. Except for a few who invested in solar energy or indeed stand-by power generators, uninterrupted power supply…

Escom recovers K305m from ‘tricky’ customers

  Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) has the last laugh through the recovery of K305 million from 1 528 customers the sole power supplier caught bypassing or tampering its billing system to get free electricity or lower bills. Escom caught the errant and apparently over-creative clients during a six-month nationwide exercise it undertook from…

Mystery surrounds MSB ATM fire

  Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) and Malawi Savings Bank (MSB) are investigating a fire which burnt down the bank’s automated teller machine (ATM) at Crossroads Agency in Lilongwe on Saturday. The fire did not spread to any other equipment and reports indicate that the fire started around 7pm when a customer who was…

BWB tips customers on Sunday water situation

  Blantyre Water Board (BWB) has alerted its customers that Walkers Ferry Pumping Station will operate at half load on Sunday, September 20 from 7am to 5pm. The board said on Thursday that Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) will be carrying out maintenance works at the station. In a published statement, BWB said customers…

Mphambe and the woodman

  A woodman was felling a tree on the bank of a river, when his axe glancing off the trunk, flew out of his hands and fell into the water. As he stood by the water’s edge lamenting his loss, Mphambe appeared and asked him the reason for his grief. On learning what had happened,…

Shock as ESCOM imports poles

  As Malawi’s foreign currency stockpile dwindles, the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) could spend roughly $100 000 (around K56 million) importing 30 000 wood poles from Zimbabwe that can be sourced locally, The Nation investigations show. Escom’s move has attracted frowns from its line ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining as well…

Nature takes revenge

The recent spate of load shedding by the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) is a direct effect of human destruction of the environment, EPHRAIM NYONDO writes. Could this moment be a silver lining to our romantic approach to managing the environment? August has never been a cruel month that dries up rivers in Malawi.…