Victoria Falls is not dry, climate change taking toll

“Facts have no feelings.” That’s a quote by flamboyant churchman Uebert Angel. It’s a quote that has made a lot of sense to Elisha Moyo in recent days — and perhaps to everyone else who has not allowed emotion to takeover fact in the aftermath of Stephen Sackur’s documentary on the Victoria Falls. The film […]

Mixed feelings over forex electricity bills

EXPORTERS have expressed mixed feelings over Statutory Instrument 249 of 2019 that compels exclusive and partial exporters to pay electricity bills in foreign currency. The regulations introduced by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe are with effect from this month and will see exporters (both exclusive and partial) paying electricity bills in hard currency for six […]

Arcadia seals electricity deal

PROSPECT Resources, developer of the Arcadia Lithium Mine near Harare, has struck a “secure” power supply agreement with State power utility Zesa, which enables it to develop its electric vehicle batteries lithium project. An amount of US$162 million is required as capital expenditure to develop the lithium project to production and it is expected this […]

Call to incentivise investment in renewable energy

Government and the private sector should increase support for local engineers to develop cost effective domestic renewable energy solutions, which largely remain inaccessible to the majority of citizens because of the prohibitive costs. As more companies and individual households are turning to solar and other renewable energy alternatives in view of crippling power cuts, experts […]

Poor macadamia harvest expected, climate change cited

MACADAMIA nuts farmers expect the poorest harvest ever this year owing to the side effects of climate change, which resulted in reduced rains and heat waves. Heat waves were experienced mainly between August and November last year, resulting in massive fruit abortion (fruit drops). In Zimbabwe, macadamia nuts are grown mainly in Chipinge and Chimanimani […]

Govt takes climate change awareness campaign to Mash Central

Government has started the second phase of Climate Change Mainstreaming District Awareness Campaign in Mashonaland Province. Officials from Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Tourism and Hospitality Industry and other Government departments today launched the programme in Guruve. They will also go to Mbire, Muzarabani and Mt Darwin among other districts in Mashonaland Central. The district […]

Farmers urged to harvest water to counter climate change

Farmers in Ecological Regions four and five have been urged to practice rain water harvesting to improve better yields as well as a mitigatory measure against climate change which has seen these areas receiving erratic rainfall. Rainwater harvesting is the accumulation and storage of rainwater for reuse on-site rather than allowing it to runoff. Rainfall […]

Climate change needs new models

Climate change demands that governments throughout Africa, including Zimbabwe, should now “rethink the legal structure of land tenure.” That means tenants should “rather pay a fixed share of the harvest than a fixed amount of money.” A new study finds that if African governments encouraged a system of  “sharecropping”, the resilience of agriculture production in […]

Farmers turn to renewable solar energy

By Brian Nkiwane Persistent power cuts (load Shedding) introduced by the power utility company Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) that are running close to 16 hours per day, coupled by ever rising fuel prices,  have negatively affected production in all sectors of the economy including irrigations schemes. ZESA has attributed the power cuts to depleting water […]