Zambia’s power utility company, Zesco Limited, has announced plans to implement a staggered eight-hour daily load-shedding for some residential areas in Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, beginning April 1.

According to the power distribution company, the affected areas will experience two power outages of four hours each, spread throughout the day.

In a statement issued by Matongo Maumbi, spokesperson for Zesco Limited, it said the aim of the load-shedding is to minimise disruption and ensure grid stability due to low generation capacity.

The Southern African nation has an installed generation capacity of 3356.6MW.

This capacity comprises of 83 percent of hydro, nine percent of coal, five percent of heavy fuel oil and three percent solar PV.

The mining sector remains the largest consumer of power at 51 per cent of total generated electricity, followed by the domestic sector at 33 per cent.