Clean energy comes to Mashaba in Zimbabwe’s first inclusive solar mini-grid

By Tendai Chara ‘’We used to buy our own fuel from Gwanda town, more than 60 km away – to power our diesel pumps. We would also pay for transportation of the fuel, ‘’ says a smallholder farmer, Mpokiseng Moyo, at the Rustlers Gorge Irrigation Scheme in Gwanda district, in Zimbabwe’s Matabeleland South Province. “Now, […]

Cabinet approves revised Gwanda solar project

CABINET on Tuesday approved the revised implementation plan for the 100 megawatt (MW) Gwanda solar project that commits to deliver the first 10MW within six months after signing of financial closure agreements and fulfilment of all outstanding conditions precedent. Energy and Power Development Minister Advocate Fortune Chasi quickly pointed out that he will demand to […]

Misa Zimbabwe goes solar

By Pamenus Tuso The Media Institute of Southern Africa (Misa) Zimbabwe Chapter has “solarised” its Harare offices in a move that will improve the organisation’s service efficiency as a media freedom advocacy and lobby entity. Misa has been relying heavily on a fuel-powered generator for its energy due to the incessant electricity outages. This situation […]

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 […]

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 […]

How climate change impacted world in 2019

MADRID. – The year 2019 concludes a decade of exceptional global heat, retreating ice and record sea levels driven by greenhouse gases from human activities. Average temperatures for the five-year (2015-2019) and ten-year (2010-2019) periods are almost certain to be the highest on record. 2019 is on course to be the second or third warmest […]

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 […]