Category: Environment & tourism

Veld fires ravage Gwatemba

Recent veld fires ravaged forests and grasslands in Gwatemba, Matabeleland South province, leaving behind a trail of destruction. Two weeks ago, a fire which started as a result of charcoal thrown away by Hloniphani Mlotshwa after he finished ironing swept across Gwatemba farms. Mlotshwa said when he realised the damage sparked by the charcoal, he tried calling for help but this did not yield any help as the raging inferno swallowed up forests and grasslands as all efforts to put it out failed. Still reeling from the incident, three days later another fire suspected to have been caused by...

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KAZA TFCA embarks on resource mobilisation

The Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA TFCA) secretariat says it is engaging regional and international partners towards the mobilisation of the US$92 million required for the implementation of the integrated development plan aimed at strengthening trans-boundary conservation initiatives. Limited resources remain the biggest threat to regional efforts in establishing world-class conversation area. 12 months after the adoption of the KAZA TCFA integrated development plan, the secretariat is still to secure the required US$92 million for the implementation of the project. KAZA TFCA executive director, Dr Morris Mtsambiwa said the secretariat is currently in talks with regional and international...

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Zim to participate at Japanese Tourism Expo

Zimbabwe alongside other SADC countries in the Regional Tourism Organisation of Southern Africa (RETOSA) will participate in this year’s edition of the Japanese Association of Travel Agents (JATA) Tourism Expo to be held from the 21st to the 24th of this month in Japan. This comes as the government moves towards increasing tourist arrivals from the Asian market and promote brand Zimbabwe. JATA is an annual event held in Tokyo and is considered the largest professional travel show in Japan. Speaking at a press briefing in the capital, the Deputy Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry  Cde Anastancia Ndlovu...

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Zim banks on peace dividend

Zimbabwe is leveraging on its peace dividend to effectively position the country as a safe destination to the international market. The progressive success recorded at this year’s edition of the Harare International Carnival which hosted an estimated 1.5 million people during the street party, showcases a key component which the country can include in its marketing portfolio to enhance the competitiveness of the country on international markets. While current efforts to position Zimbabwe as a safe destination are commendable, authorities believe there have been shortcomings to harness the peace component says Zimbabwe Tourism Authority chief executive officer, Dr Karikoga...

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Veld Fires: EMA ropes in communities

The Environmental Management Agency (EMA) has distributed more than 300 sickles in Lupane to aid residents in the cutting of grass as the fight against veld fires scales up in Matabeleland North province. Incidents of veld fires are becoming more frequent in the province with the Gwayi area and those along the Hwange-Victoria Falls highway having presented the latest fire cases. Although the cause of the veld fires is still under investigation, EMA has identified areas that are prone to veld fires outside the forestry and parks estates. A total of 300 sickles have thus been distributed in Lupane and are mostly used by women and youths to cut grass for thatching purposes. EMA Matabeleland North Provincial Manager, Mrs Chipo Mpofu Zuze said the cutting of grass is expected to result in reduced incidents of veld fires in the province. “As a province, we ensured that we intensify on programmes that reduce biomass considering that last year we had a lot of heavy rains. So far roughly we had some 6000 hay bales and 3000 thatching bundles, so we can safely say the community engagements are very important,” Mrs Zuze said.  With temperatures soaring in the province, most areas are now more prone to veld fires. EMA is still engaging the communities that share borders with the forestry and parks estates, while it continues to search for more effective...

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