The Herald (Harare)

29 August 2012

Zimbabwe: Boreholes Sunk

Chinhoyi Bureau — Stakeholders in wildlife industry have sunk boreholes and put up watering holes in the Hwange National Park to avert a repeat of last year's deaths of animals owing to a water shortage. Scores of elephants died due to a heat wave that saw watering holes drying up. Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Authority public relations manager Ms Caroline Washaya-Moyo said in an interview that the authority was assisted to sink boreholes in the national park.

"We have put in place every measure and taken contingency steps to ensure that there is adequate water supply in the hot season. As an authority, we now await the onset of the hot summer season," she said.

Ms Washaya-Moyo said the authority had not been spared by the economic sanctions that saw it getting funding from multi-lateral lending institutions such as the World Bank.

"The authority has also been affected by sanctions as we are literally eating what we kill. The world and other institutions used to fund some of our programmes and operations. As long as sanctions are there, we will still continue to face challenges."

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