LOADSHEDDING SCAMPERS PRODUCTION TARGETS FOR FILABUSI MINERS
Written by yafmnews on July 12, 2019
Small scale miners in Filabusi say the current load-shedding regime has scampered their production targets.
Great Dyke News’ Savemore Sithole miners from mines around Fred mine and Amazon said there have been serious delays in milling because of load-shedding.
ZESA has introduced load shedding to reduce stress on its national grid, amid low water levels at Kariba Dam and generation constraints at Hwange power station.
The Forestry Commission of Zimbabwe says excessive cutting of trees is likely to remain a major problem in the country.
This comes at a time when most Zimbabweans have opted for charcoal and firewood as an alternative to load shedding.
Speaking to Great Dyke news, the commission’s spokesperson Violet Makoto said although cutting trees is illegal, it has become a challenge for the commission to fulfil its mandate as firewood is the most affordable source of energy for most households.
Makoto also urged communities to continue replanting trees to replace the forests that have been lost.
The Minister of State for Masvingo Provincial Affairs, Ezra Chadzimra says the people served with eviction letters to remove them from wetlands and grazing lands will soon be resettled in the 25 000 hectares that government has availed.
In an interview, Honourable Chadzimra had this to say.
In January around 1 000 families in Masvingo West constituency were issued with eviction notices to vacate land they occupied at the height of the land reform programme in the early 2000s.