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US News DRC: power cuts make life for small businesses difficult in Kinshasa

14:30  26 october  2020
14:30  26 october  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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À Kinshasa, les délestages se multiplient et pénalisent les petits commerces. © Sonia Rolley / RFI In Kinshasa, power cuts are on the increase and penalize small businesses.

The National Electricity Company justified the prolonged power cuts by blackouts at Inga's hydroelectric dams in recent months. Repairs are underway but while waiting in the neighborhoods, spirits are heating up. The impact on small businesses is enormous.

With our correspondent in Kinshasa, Sonia Rolley

"It is dark here, there is no electricity". In an internet café in the lively Matonge district of Kinshasa, an old generator is running at full speed at the entrance: “We harvest little, but we spend a lot to buy just fuel. Without electricity, we do not earn anything. "

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The manager of the cybercafé confirms and lashes out at the National Electricity Company: "The Snel passes at any time, even if there is no electricity. And she comes with spades to cut off the power in case a bill hasn't been honored. Even if there is no power, they ask you to foot the bill. "

There is a repairman on the steps who is battling with a printer and an unemployed young graduate who is going to try his luck in the lottery to get a green card and go live in the United States: “It really prevents activities, because everything works with electricity. If there is no electricity, even the internet cafe does not work well. Go elsewhere, I have never seen Europe or the United States, there is permanent electricity ".

The cybercafé next door has closed. Probably because of the electricity problem, explains a neighbor.

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