- The situation in Zimbabwe shows no signs of improving and citizens are forced to make the best of life
- The latest adjustment is resorting to burning charcoal amid rampant energy shortages
- This has negatively impacted the nation's ecosystems, but the difficult times have called for desperate measures
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While South Africa tries to get on board with the Fourth Industrial Revolution Zimbabwe seems to be regressing.
Briefly.co.za reported that businesses had been attempting to stay afloat while facing daily power cuts and rising production costs.
Now, an AFP report revealed that Zimbabweans have turned toward more primitive methods and it's coming at a tremendous cost to the region's forest.
Loggers travel far and wide to service the high demand for charcoal, despite the disapproval of some elders. However, even they can understand the fight for survival.
With power cuts sometimes lasting for as long as 19 hours a day and gas prices increasing six-fold since the beginning of the year, firewood, charcoal, and even rogue logging are the only options available for low-income households.
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Charcoal production is illegal in Zimbabwe but is instead imported from neighboring countries with specialized permits.
Law enforcement has confirmed that no licenses have been issued for over a year, but the supply of charcoal is far from running dry.
Minister for the environment and climate change Nqobizitha Ndlovu, who was recently appointed, commented:
"It's a very complicated issue. We acknowledge the shortage of electricity and that gas is expensive, so wood and charcoal are alternatives. So while we are worried about forests, we also worry about human beings."
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