10 April 2020

The Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA) is a premier public interest environmental law organisation which seeks to promote environmental justice, sustainable and equitable use of natural resources, democracy and good governance in the natural resources and environment sector. ZELA’s work is mainly anchored on a core group of rights which are reflective of natural resources governance namely; Environmental, Economic, Social and Cultural (EESC) rights. As such a large component of the organisation's work involves influencing implementation and reforms within legal and institutional frameworks governing the environment and natural resources sector through research, civic education and advocacy.

As an organisation we believe that having adequate laws in place and monitoring implementation are the first steps towards good governance of natural resources and the environment. For the past 20 years, we have managed to make notable contributions to the legal, policy and institutional frameworks governing the environment and natural resources sector for broad based sustainable environmental and socio-economic development through our work in Zimbabwe and beyond.

Through this newsletter, we get to share with you relevant updates as we drive our mission of promoting environmental justice through sustainable and equitable utilization of natural resources and environmental protection.

Oil and mining companies should disclose what they pay

Ten years after it was enacted, a law governing disclosure of payments to governments still hasn’t gone into effect. A proposed rule has been criticized as toothless.

At a moment when the Trump administration is planning significant oil purchases to prop up domestic petroleum prices, and some industry players are asking Washington to impose tariffs or sanctions to keep out imports, the Securities and Exchange Commission wants to make it possible for oil and mining companies to mask their payments to governments at home and around the world.......Click here for more information.

 The impact of COVID-19 on the mining sector

While  Artisanal and Small-scale Mining is a critical sector in gold production, accounting for more than 60% of total gold deliveries to Fidelity Printers and Refineries in 2019, it is also a high risk sector from a safety, health and environment perspective-meaning that COVID-19 is likely to massively affect production and the economy if it peaks in Zimbabwe, ZELA's Deputy Director-Shamiso Mtisi has said..........Click here  and listen to him speak. 

Guiding Note on Children's Rights during COVID-19 

The African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC), an Organ of the African Union established to monitor protection of children’s rights on the Continent, expresses its grave concern on the ongoing global outbreak of COVID-19 virus and its devastating impacts on the overall rights and welfare of children in Africa;

The ACERWC recognises the various measures that Member States of the African Union are taking in scaling up laboratory diagnosis, enhancing screening at ports of entry and surveillance; strengthening infection prevention and control measures to limit the spread and mitigating the impact of COVID-19 virus...........Click here for more information. 

COVID-19: Govt bungling exposed

GOVERNMENT has been accused of bungling and not conducting enough tests to combat the spread of the coronavirus, which has killed three people in Zimbabwe, with doctors demanding an audit of circumstances that led to the death of a 79-year-old Bulawayo man on Saturday. ….Click here for more information.


Court victory, a relief for the displaced  Marange community

On the 3rd of April 2020, ZELA filed an urgent High Court application seeking an order for the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) to reconnect electricity to a Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA) water pump station that supplies clean water to displaced communities at Arda Transau.The people were displaced from Marange by diamond mining companies. ZESA had disconnected electricity due to non–payment of bills by poor relocated families, thereby depriving them of access to clean water and exposing them to COVID-19. A day before the court order was granted, ZESA reconnected the water, although subsequently an order by consent was granted by the High Court on the 4th of April 2020 compelling ZESA to connect electricity to the water pump. The court victory protects the right of access to water for the people as set in the Constitution specifically Section 77(a). It also helps in preventing the potential spread of COVID-19. .......Click here for more information.
 Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public 
Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website and through your national and local public health authority. Most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others. Take care of your health and protect others by doing the following: Click here for more information.

Conversations that matter 

@Mukasiri Sibanda on Twitter

  • COVID-19 has exposed how mineral rich countries like #Zimbabwe look up to aid but where is the money from mining going? @SEC_News by tightening transparency rules u r making it possible 4 citizens to hold their governments accountable.

Upcoming Events 

1. Radio Dialogue -A conversation not to miss.....
COVID-19- Business and Human Rights Analysis with special focus on the agricultural sector.




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