Government is working on a programme to develop energy from mineral resources with a target of becoming a major exporter of electricity by 2024.

This was said by the Acting Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Honourable Mangaliso Ndlovu in a post cabinet media briefing held in Harare this Tuesday.

Every week cabinet meets to discuss various issues affecting the country with the outcome eagerly awaited by most Zimbabweans.

This Tuesday was no exception with Hon. Ndlovu briefing the media.

 “Cabinet considered and approved the Programme for the Development of Energy from Mineral Resources, which was presented by the Minister of Mines and Mining Development. The Programme’s major objective is to ensure that Zimbabwe emerges as a net exporter of electricity by 2024 and of fuel by 2030. This will principally be achieved through the extraction of coal-bed methane (CBM) for power generation; production of liquid fuel from coal; generation of electricity from coal; and the development of oil and gas potential in the Muzarabani, Gonarezhou and Manicaland areas,” he said.

Honourable Ndlovu further explained  that to facilitate attainment of the programme, some measures will be instituted to, among other things, provide for the separation of the ownership of coal and CBM extraction concessions, as well as incorporation of specific tertiary education programmes that promote the development of the energy sector.

“A Commission shall be set up to oversee the formulation of the Programme for the Development of Energy from Mineral Resources,” he said.

Cabinet also considered and approved the Cyber Crime, Cyber Security and Data Protection Bill which is meant to advocate for the use of ICTs for more constructive purposes.

The bill will also look at cyber bulling, harassment and the sharing of pornography.