Power cuts and high costs causing major deforestation

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tererai Karimakwenda
10 November, 2010

The failure of the government to develop a stable and reliable electricity infrastructure has continued to wreak havoc on Zimbabwe’s landscape, causing massive environmental destruction.

Years of corruption and mismanagement at the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) have created daily power cuts and regular load shedding that negatively affects businesses and homes. This has left many with no choice but to cut down trees, as a business itself.

Lionel Saungweme reports that deforestation is a national problem that has significant consequences, not least the loss of soil, washed away when it rains.

According to Saungweme vast tracts of land without any vegetation can be seen all over the country, and the problem has intensified as the [continue reading]

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