Silobela community embraces biogas energy

By Locadia Mavhudzi Zimbabwe’s quest to improve economic development and reach a middle income economy by 2030 can be catalysed by improving access to energy by rural communities. Biogas energy which is derived from human and animal waste can be a panacea to most energy challenges bedeviling most rural communities in Zimbabwe. A tour of […]

Zimbabwe should initiate dialogue on mainstreaming renewable energy

By Wallace Mawire Zimbabwe needs to start discussions on what happens to workers in the coal mining sector and   downstream activities when renewable energy becomes widespread and export markets for coal start to diminish. According to Tendayi Marowa, Vice-Chairman of the Business Council for Sustainable Development Zimbabwe (BCSDZ) technical committee on energy and climate change, […]

Solar energy to the rescue in cyclone-hit Chimanimani

By Pamenus Tuso Gas and solar energy have filled the electricity generation gap in the Cyclone Idai hit districts of Chimanimani and Chipinge in Zimbabwe’s Manicaland province. Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique were hit by the deadly tropical Cyclone which destroyed bridges, roads and electricity lines among other devastating infrastructural damages. According to the United Nations, […]

After floods drench eastern Zimbabwe, water shortages parch Harare

Climate change is bringing more weather extremes, and Zimbabwe this year is suffering from opposite crises at once: floods and drought As eastern Zimbabwe struggles with the aftermath of floods that have killed nearly 270 people and destroyed homes and roads, other parts of Zimbabwe are facing a very different crisis: too little water. Lake […]

Zimbabwe: Solar Buses for Harare

A Chinese company, China Nanchang Engineering, has approached Harare City Council with a deal to supply 600 green energy (solar-powered) buses and additional fixed and working capital to service routes in Greater Harare Metropolitan. The project will include a central business district (CBD) shuttle service and the Harare Urban Route will service all suburban routes. […]

Schools should embrace renewable energy technologies

By Hazvinei Mwanaka Rural and urban schools have been urged to embrace renewable energy technologies particularly solar to assist in their learning activities. With the power outages being experienced in the country and the high costs of electricity, solar energy could be the answer to learning activities at schools.  Masvingo provincial education director Zediuos Chitiga, […]

Solar energy fortunes for the elderly

By Pamenus Tuso The lives of elderly people in Sizinda and Tshabalala high density suburbs in Zimbabwe’s second city of Bulawayo is  set to significantly  improve following the setting up  of a solar driven horticulture irrigation scheme in the area by a local organisation ,Trace the Fortune of the  Elderly (Trace). The project which is […]

New guidelines on use of wetlands for property developments

By Wallace Mawire The Environmental Management Agency (EMA) has come up with guidelines on the use of the country’s contentious wetlands for infrastructure and property developments. In the past few years, Zimbabwe has been facing a major problem involving illegal property developments on its wetlands. For instance, land barons have been accused   of illegally parceling […]

Farmers urged to swop wood with solar to cure tobacco and prevent deforestation

By Lungelo Ndhlovu TOBACCO farmers across Zimbabwe should resort to solar energy systems to smoke their plants and stop cutting trees, as that has contributed to alarming levels of deforestation, a government official has said. According to the Forestry Commission of Zimbabwe (FCZ), 330,000 hectares of forests are lost annually due to human activities such […]

Cyclone Idai to hit Zim

TROPICAL Cyclone Idai, which is brewing in Mozambique, is expected to hit Zimbabwe over the weekend with strong winds and thunderstorms likely to leave a trail of destruction in Manicaland, Masvingo and Matabeleland, the Meteorological Service Department has said. Reports say the cyclone, which will hit the coast of Mozambique on Thursday, will become a […]