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21 Jan 2021 HARARE, Zimbabwe
Human rights groups have called on the Zimbabwean government to ensure access to clean water amid tightening COVID-19 lockdown restrictions across the country.The Zimbabwe Human rights NGO Forum (HR Forum) has expressed concern that the latest national lockdown, implemented 5 January, could further exacerbate “a lack of basic amenities such as water and health services”, and calls on the government to provide vulnerable communities with “food aid packages, allowances, and grants in addition to potable water”...
21 Jan 2021 LUSAKA, Zambia
Women and girls in rural sub-Saharn Africa can benefit from up to 32 hours more time per month with availability of piped water supplies closer to home.This extra time dramatically improves the lives of women and girls, while also improving economic opportunities, food security and well-being for entire households, according to new research...
3 Jan 2021 HARARE
Parliament has moved to ratify the Minamata Convention on Mercury, with legislators taking turns to condemn the use of the highly toxic element in gold extraction because of the serious environmental and health dangers it poses. Zimbabwe signed the convention in October 2013, but needed to ratify it through a parliamentary process to become a full party and be bound by its obligations...
2 Nov 2020 HARARE
The continued shortage of water in Harare has led to desperate women and girls being preyed upon for sex by some suppliers of water using bowsers. This was revealed by participants at a Water Dialogue Forum held in Mabvuku Monday. The event was jointly organised by CHRA, Community Water Alliance (CWA) and Women and Law Southern Africa (WLSA)...
12 Sep 2020 HARARE
Zimbabwe's government has announced that mining on areas held by National Parks is banned with immediate effect. This follows a public outcry and the threat of a court battle after President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government granted exploratory rights for coal to two Chinese companies in one of the country's iconic nature reserves, Hwange National Park...
20 Aug 2020 BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe
Water-borne disease outbreaks have acclerated in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, with 1800 cases and 13 deaths reported by health authorities, as supply of running water halted in the city this week.Continuing severe drought this week reduced storage capacity in two reservoirs to 26 percent, while the city’s population of over 650,000 have been limited to running water only once per week since May, a situation exacerbated by decrepit water infrasstructure...
21 Apr 2020 HARARE, Zimbabwe
The Mayor of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, has warned that drawing water from the city’s dams was becoming increasingly difficult because of low water levels, and called on the government to intervene on an urgent basis. The city has been on an 108 hour rationing schedule, despite the country's COVID-19 lockdown and the increased need ensure good hygiene...
2 Apr 2020 HARARE
The Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA) has approached the High Court seeking an order to compel the local authority to supply uninterrupted clean water to residents during the current government declared 21-day national lockdown to combat the further spread of the pandemic. The association is arguing that as residents continue to gather at central water points such as boreholes and other communal water sources, it is very probable that due to pressure for limited water, the guidelines on social distancing will not be observed.
24 Mar 2020 HARARE
Harnessing low – tech innovations such as sand dams could help communities in the drought prone parts of the country to prepare for the inevitable effects of climate change that now includes longer periods of drought and erratic rainfall patterns. Zibanayi Kisimisi, a technical advisor for Practical Action said they were moving to introduce sand dams as a low cost innovation technology that could help empower rural communities in Gwanda and Bulilima district to gain access to clean water for improved food security, health and income.
13 Feb 2020 HARARE
At least 60% of water sources in the country are unsafe, leaving most families at risk of diarrhoeal disease outbreaks, UNICEF has said. In its latest update on the humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe, UNICEF said over 1.9 million people were in urgent need of safe drinking water, sanitation and good hygiene.
5 Feb 2020 HARARE
Irresponsible behaviour and political pressure to settle people on wetlands have contributed immensely to the pollution of the major source of Harare water, Lake Chivero, thereby affecting the supply chain, mayor Herbert Gomba has said.
28 Jan 2020 HARARE, Zimbabwe
Harare city council has suspended three senior water engineers involved in waste water treatment, distribution, and production as well as the chief chemist dlue to “delinquency and allegations of misconduct”, following a report that up to 3 million people in Harare may have been exposed to dangerous toxins that have been found in algae in the Zimbabwe capital's reservoirs...