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Zambia is expected to start importing 300MW of power from Eskom on 25 November after making an initial payment of $27m, with the balance of $15m expected to be paid by the end of the month. Power imports are expected to reduce load shedding by two hours a day from the current 16 hours or more.Zambia announced plans in September to import power from South Africa but the deal was delayed after Eskom demanded that Zesco pay upfront – Zambia already owes Eskom R89m ($6m) for power supplied during the 2015-2016 drought.