Our economic plans are really pie in the sky because without energy, there is no economy to talk about. We need energy in all facets of our economy since energy is the heart that pumps the blood of economic activity. Energy should be there whenever it is required. It should also be clean. However, in Zimbabwe, we seem to be completely missing out on this essential ingredient in growing our economy. Yes, we have a lot of conferences and discussions talking about it but we never make concrete decisions on the way forward. Zimbabweans need to move away from conferencing to doers. One of the major risk factors for lack of investment by local and foreign investors here in Zimbabwe is lack of energy. Where there is no power, investment costs increase since one has to provide their own power or power back-up. Zimbabweans are going for generators that run on diesel or petrol. Generators make a lot of noise, increase our stress levels and make us crazy. Worse still, these generators produce a lot of carbon dioxide and very soon, Zimbabwe will be a major emitter of greenhouse gases which the world is fighting hard to reduce.
The sad thing is that, all these activities contribut to an increase in green house gas emissions that we cannot absorb because our trees are continuously being depleted by cutting and not being replaced at a faster rate than we are cutting them.
Imagine what will happen if we all start harnessing (harvesting) the sun, storing it and using it for all the above activities we talked about?
There are already power plants like that running in various parts of the world but unfortunately not in sub-Saharan Africa. Why? Because, we brag that we are educated (especially in Zimbabwe) but unfortunately we do not apply what we have learnt at school. We mourn and groan about our circumstances and are scared of a perceived dark future.
Thomas Edison, the one who invented the bulb, once said: “Invention is 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration.”
Zimbabweans are really inspired to build a great economy but as said by Thomas Edison, this only constitutes only 1% of the effort required to achieve that great economy. We can only perspire by doing things, less conferencing and talking since we are already inspired. We just need to organise ourselves and get to work again.