Solar power brings life to arid Hwange

By Pamenus Tuso The advent of solar–driven water pumps in Hwange district in Zimbabwe’s Matabeleland North province has enabled humanitarian organisations to undertake multi-sectoral projects that depend on water resources. World Vision Area Development Programme (ADP) manager for Hwange district, Lovemore Nyoni, said solar- powered technology was “killing many birds with one stone” in the […]

Solar Energy powering rural areas

By Lungelo Ndhlovu When Kalani Ndlovu bought a 14-hectare farm in rural Umguza in Zimbabwe’s Matabeleland North Province he was determined to invest in solar energy and improve livelihoods in this area. Ndlovu says he uses solar energy for lighting and irrigation purposes and grows citrus fruits and enough maize and vegetables to sell, even […]

Pig waste powers Beatrice farm

By Watmore Makokoba Jonah Chimusoro’s decision to return home from the United States and apply his innovative skills to improve livelihoods has not been in vain. A qualified Zimbabwean automobile engineer, Chimusoro left the comfort of the US and turned his family’s medium sized plot into a 100 percent  integrated conservation agriculture farm.  Through his […]

Cow poo offers mixed energy results for rural Zimbabweans

   photo credit: Inhabitat FILABUSI, Zimbabwe, April 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Irene Moyo, a cook at Phangani Vocational Training Centre, no longer wakes up at dawn to prepare breakfast for the students. Until the institution installed a manure-fed biogas digester three years ago, the mother of five spent two hours a day collecting firewood […]

Firewood smoke kills

By Nhau Mangirazi   HURUNGWE–  Without energy, small and medium enterprises cannot function at maximum capacity. Without energy, industry cannot survive. Without energy, women and girls will continue to spend long hours looking for fuel sources, and will not have jobs – United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, UNIDO, Director General, Kandeh K. Yumkella April 2013. […]

Energy co­operation paying off for Sadc

SOUTHERN Africa is experiencing surplus electricity generation capacity for the first time in a decade, thanks to the success of regional co­operation in energy planning during the past few years. Figures released by the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) show that the 12­member pool is sitting on surplus peak period generation capacity of 919 megawatts […]