Zimbabwe and the environmental management revolution Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Barbara Rwodzi (centre) watches as Institute of African Knowledge (INSTAK) chief executive officer Ambassador Kwame Muzavazi (left) and Geo Pomona executive chairman Mr Dilesh Nguwaya (right) sign a Memorandum of Understanding to kick-start the reclamation of Golden Quarry dump site in Warren Park, Harare, yesterday.— Picture Memory Mangombe

Richard Runyararo Mahomva

Climate change and food security remain at the centre of the global political-economy agenda. The Global North’s climate terror offers an important analytical spectacle in understanding the need for Global South climate justice. 

This is compelled by the historical and residual impact of imperialist capitalist endeavours marked by decades of industrial and domestic waste dumping. 

A case in point is Harare’s Golden Quarry Dumping Site and the former Pomona Dumping Site. Owing to the extractive and short-term unfriendly environmental waste administration approaches the capital city had been endangered by unmanaged waste for decades. 

Before closing shop, most Western owned industries engaged in unsustainable waste dumping practices. That culture was replicated by the new business players. 

The trend has continued unrestrained with no innovation to salvage this situation. 

To alleviate the city from this problem, Geo-Pomona Waste Management Private Limited has been at the centre of transforming dumping sites to resourceful recycling centres. 

Yesterday, Geo Pomona Private Limited Company signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Museum of African Liberation to spearhead the transformation of the former Golden Quarry Dumpsite into a top notch tourist and zoological amenity. 

Speaking on this development, the CEO and Executive Chairman of Geo-Pomona Private Limited Mr Dilesh Nguwaya underscored the partnership’s importance in “facilitating the repurposing of the Golden Quarry to a world class tourist site. 

Owing to the 40 years of unmanaged industrial waste deposits, borehole water in the surrounding area, Westlea, Meyrick Park and Ashdon Park was now being contaminated”. 

The repurposing of dump sites posits an environmental management revolution that Zimbabwe has not witnessed. The transformation of the ex-Pomona Dumping Site into an energy production hub is futuristic and offers an innovative intervention to solving the energy problems that Zimbabwe is grappling with. 

This project supports the proliferated turn to alternative energy sources. The project provides hope for thermal alternative intensification. 

The Museum as a site of humanizing our past through the preservation of history must be applauded for widening its scope to also make Harare habitable. Beyond humanizing our history, the Museum is now humanizing the environment. 

This collaboration follows years of unabated environmental degradation due to massive local government incompetences in Harare. 

Therefore, it’s such a relief to see non-municipal actors taking up tasks aborted by the local authorities. This is a revolution that must find ground in all local authorities where waste mismanagement has taken an arrogant and tall prevalence. 

It’s clear that the past decades of metropolitan maladministration have stirred this corporate innovation which in essence is a fatigue expression for poor service delivery. This is revolutionary and most welcome especially at a time Zimbabwe is advancing an empowerment agenda for all anchored on “Leaving No One and No Place Behind”.  

The immediate dividend of this revolution will be a tourist facility at our continental renaissance centre. The erstwhile dumpsite will be home to shopping malls which will house restaurants, banks, conference facilities among other amenities. 

In essence, this is a revolutionary course of managing waste and making sustainable inroads to environmental preservation. 

Zimbabwe has taken a lead in this revolution, just like the veld fire of our agrarian reform, the Waste management revolution should find its way to Bulawayo, Gweru, Mutare, Kwekwe and other parts of the country that have suffered the scourge of unmanaged waste, potholes and perennial water problems. 

Richard Runyararo Mahomva is the Director for International Communication Services in the Ministry of Information Publicity and Broadcasting Services. He writes in his own capacity.

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