The headquarters of Zambia’s electricity company is in the middle of Lusaka and occupies the site of a former coal fired power station. Fortunately, it was no longer operational when I lived there, the pollution must have been terrible. They could have done with the extra capacity though. Large parts of the capital are affected by ‘load sharing’ several times a week. There is not enough electricity being generated in the country to give everybody power 24×7, so it is switched off for several hours in parts of the nationwide grid on a regular basis. It can happen several times a week and usually without warning. The people in the area where I lived were very lucky, we were hardly affected at all. Rumour has it that this is because President Sata’s private home is in our neighbourhood. Although he now occupies the official residence the house is still lived in and someone is making sure they have electricity all the time.