MORE than 150 biogas digesters have been constructed across the country, which will be used as a renewable energy source, a senior Government official has said.
In a statement, Public Service Commission (PSC) secretary, Dr Tsitsi Choruma said the country will continue to construct biogas digesters as they are “cost effective and technologically smart” ways of producing energy. “Green energy sources in Zimbabwe include, among others solar, biogas and lithium, which is one of the components used in the manufacturing of rechargeable batteries,” she said. “The National Domestic Biogas programme in Zimbabwe is successfully developing a market- driven domestic biogas sector with over 150 biogas digesters having been constructed so far.”
AROUND 70% of employed women are experiencing food insecurity in their households while 29% live below the poverty line, a European Union (EU)-United Nations (UN) partnership to eliminate violence against women and girls, Spotlight Initiative, has revealed. The statistics were disclosed last week on Wednesday during the UN agency presentation at the #HeForShe Dialogue for diplomats and business leaders’ commemorations of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.
Bulawayo shops trading on renewable energy gadgets such as solar panels have reported a boon in sales past few days as business owners try to profit from the current power outages. The ongoing power crisis has seen businesses and households go for up to 18 hours a day without the crucial energy resource. Amid the crisis with no signs of a solution in the near future, some residents in the country’s second largest city have turned to the most common source of renewable energy to try and beat load shedding by power utility, ZESA.
When midnight strikes, most Zimbabweans jump out of bed to make stews, iron their clothes or collect water – capitalising on a few hours of electricity as the country reels from crippling power cuts. The country has long battled with outages but the problem has sharply worsened since its main generator, a hydro plant at the giant Kariba Dam, began to struggle with low water levels caused by recurring droughts. Since last week, the authorities have been imposing up to 19 hours of cuts each day, usually turning on power between midnight and 5AM. Life has become a daily grind for most Zimbabweans as the shrinking levels of water in one of the world’s largest reservoirs inflict prolonged blackouts and devastate livelihoods.
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GOVERNMENT has allegedly directed the country’s general hospitals to release nurses to attend President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s labour conference on Wednesday in the capital, a leaked memo written by Health and Child Care secretary Jasper Chimedza has revealed. The conference dubbed “Nyika Inovakwa Nevene Vayo” (a country is built by its citizens) President Meets Young Labour Conference” will be held at the Harare International Conference Centre tomorrow.
A United States of America solar energy company, Recovered Energy Resources, is looking to invest in Zimbabwe’s energy sector. After a meeting with Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister, Ambassador Frederick Shava, on the sidelines of the US-Africa summit, the solar company’s president, Mr Bradley Schneider, said they were interested in building a solar plant in the country.