Settlement siting irregularities, inadequacies expose local authorities

Settlement siting irregularities, inadequacies expose local authorities

By Ruvimbo Chatyoka ILLEGAL settlements on the country’s wetlands have exposed irregularities and inadequacies in settlements siting, planning and management by local authorities, thereby, impacting on livelihoods, through household and business losses, a recent cabinet report has said. Heavy rains have been flooding settlements on wetlands and in low lying areas, and destroying houses and property, with the relocation of affected households turning out to be the only viable option. Last week, Zimbabwe joined the globe in commemorating World Wetlands Day amidst a dire scenario where the nation is reported…

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CSOs call for Mines Mineral Act amendment

CSOs call for Mines Mineral Act amendment

By Edward Mukaro CIVIL Society Organisations and citizens have castigated political interference hindering the smooth running of operations by State institutions, while also calling for the amendment of the Mines and Minerals Act to empower local authorities to prevent manipulation by the elite personnel in high positions in Government. The stance by CSOs and residents in the eastern highlands comes in the wake of alleged illegal mining activities in Penhalonga, Mutare, where Redwing mine allegedly contracted Prime Royal Africa (PRA) to commence mining activities after having been officially forbidden by…

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Zim can win battle against Climate Change – Mashungu

Zim can win battle against Climate Change – Mashungu

By Edward Mukaro COHESION and implementation of the requisite adaptation and mitigation measures, which differ from region to region, are essential if Zimbabwe is to win the battle against Climate Change; Lawrence Mashungu, a climate change mitigation expert, has said. Speaking in an exclusive interview with The Business Connect, Mashungu said, “The battle against climate change can be won, but it depends on the quarantine shifting sort of preparedness we have. “It can be done because according to studies on high disaster-prone nations like Bangladesh, they always manage to minimise…

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Open pits now death traps – Residents

Open pits now death traps – Residents

By Edward Mukaro VICTORIA Falls residents have implored authorities to act swiftly and facilitate the filling of open pits, as they have slowly become death traps for communities, especially those living near disused mines. The call comes in the wake of the death of two young boys who drowned in Kachechete Village, in Victoria Falls. The rains have also compounded fear in Kachechete villagers. According to the Centre for Innovation and Technology, the village heard Esline Moyo said, “We are appealing to our Government through the local authorities to close…

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Councils implored to be climate conscious for improved service delivery

Councils implored to be climate conscious for improved service delivery

By Ruvimbo Chatyoka GOVERNMENT has taken the onus to capacitate local authorities evidenced by the recent three-pronged training, which focused on waste management, ozone layer depleting substance and mainstreaming climate change, held in Bulawayo, recently. Waste management has become a topical issue, universally, as waste also represents a broader challenge that affects human health and livelihoods and the environment. Research shows that about 1.65 million tones of waste are generated annually, in Zimbabwe, thus igniting calls from stakeholders to fix for the so-called ‘throw-away’ culture. Furthermore, greenhouse gasses from waste…

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YVE, ZAS moot Green Building construction

YVE, ZAS moot Green Building construction

By Edward Mukaro THE Young Volunteers for the Environment in partnership with the Zimbabwe Agriculture Society are on the verge of groundbreaking as plans to construct a ‘Green Building’, which is a classic way of climate-proofing construction. YVE, a climate and environment lobby entity recently won a continental award for its climate-friendly simple solutions. Speaking in an interview with The BusinessConnect newspaper, YVE director Lauretta Marembo said her organisation was engaging in a partnership with ZAS to promote the construction of an environment-friendly building, which in a way if most…

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City of Harare eyes Wetlands city status

City of Harare eyes Wetlands city status

By Wellington Zimbowa HARARE City Council is bidding to be accorded the Wetlands City Status to avert the gross destruction of wetlands. The city appears to be geared for the full adoption of sustainable urban development amidst a huge uproar as town fathers come under fire for the severe destruction of wetlands due to housing, commercial and urban farming projects. Speaking recently at a Sustainable Development workshop for journalists, Charles Mabika, a senior council official within the environment department said the city has rolled up its sleeve in the perseverance…

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Environment ambassadors castigate council

Environment ambassadors castigate council

By Edward Mukaro YOUTH and the Zimbabwe Law Society (ZELA) have castigated the City of Harare for what it termed “social injustice” as city fathers continue to struggle to deal with the management of solid waste. Harare has been facing many issues associated with how to keep the environment clean and healthy for residents. Solid waste has become an issue at the core, as many organisations looking to partner the city fathers or taking over at sites such as Pomona dumpsite and produce biogas. The youth who reside in Budiriro,…

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Energy access gap worrying – UN

Energy access gap worrying – UN

By Edward Mukaro ZIMBABWE needs approximately US$7 – 8 billion to deliver a low emission development trajectory, as outlined in Zimbabwe’s Low Emission Development Strategy, the United Nations (UN) has said. The energy access gap, in Zimbabwe, is too steep with the rural community only accessing an estimated 28 percent (%) of electricity; meaning the rural community is highly dependent on traditional sources of energy. According to a UN document, “The utilization of clean and renewable energy is very low (in rural areas) compared to traditional sources of energy, which…

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Veld fires increase alarming

Veld fires increase alarming

By Staff Reporter ZIMBABWE has recorded a 31% upsurge in veld fires for the period between 31 July and 31 October compared to the same period last year, claiming at least three lives, the minister of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Mangaliso Ndlovu has said. Veld fires have become one of the greatest environmental challenges of our time, causing unprecedented damage to Zimbabwe’s natural resources, forests, animal habitat and even leading to the loss of lives and valuable property. According to a recent Cabinet Briefing, “Cabinet was informed that…

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