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Lungelo Ndhlovu

Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
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About Lungelo
Lungelo Ndhlovu is a multiple-award-winning international journalist based in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, renowned for his insightful reporting on climate change, the societal impacts of technology, and the promotion of inclusive economies. Specializing in multimedia journalism, Ndhlovu adeptly combines news writing, photography, and video production to cover major news, features, and local events for various media organizations. His work has brought to light critical issues such as Zimbabwe's severe energy crisis, advocating for sustainable solutions like solar energy and net metering.

Ndhlovu's storytelling is not only informative but also transformative, as he has showcased through narratives like that of Kalani Ndlovu, a farmer who successfully invested in renewable energy. His dedication to the craft extends to researching and writing about news stories on digital platforms and visual journalism, highlighting the evolving nature of news consumption in the digital age.

With a commitment to enhancing the role of media in society, Ndhlovu's journalism goes beyond reporting; it emphasizes the importance of media training and investigative reporting. His work stands as a testament to the power of media in shaping public discourse and driving social change, particularly in the context of developing nations where access to reliable information is crucial for progress.
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Climate Change Fact Checking

How COVID-19 has exposed the weaknesses in rural healthcare

04 Apr 2024
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted significant weaknesses in Ecuador's rural healthcare, with disparities in resource allocation, infrastructure, and workforce. Rural healthcare workers, like Michelle Rodriguez, faced challenges such as lack of transportation, supplies, and delayed salary payments. The healthcare system's fragmentation and the centralization of higher-level hospital care have exacerbated the situation, with rural areas like Esmeraldas province having far fewer ICU beds per capita compared to Pichincha province. Despite the government's emergency funding, most resources were directed to cities, leaving rural healthcare workers to depend on private donations for essential items. The country's rural areas, home to over a third of the population, are significantly underserved, with only 16% of healthcare professionals working in these regions.

Zimbabwe looks to public to provide solar power amid energy crisis

12 Jan 2023
Zimbabwe faces electricity shortages due to droughts affecting hydropower dams and ageing coal plants. The government's net metering system, launched in 2020, allows private solar energy producers to supply excess power to the national grid in exchange for credits. High equipment costs hinder participation, with only 117 active users and 4.9MW capacity. Zimbabwe launched a $30 million renewable energy fund and announced incentives for privately-owned solar projects. The country aims to generate 1,100MW of clean energy by 2025. Challenges include investment shortages, import taxes, and regulatory barriers. Individuals like farmer Kalani Ndlovu and Bulawayo resident Buhle Siwela express interest in expanding their solar systems to contribute to the grid.

Zimbabwe fights fake news with lessons in spotting disinformation

31 Oct 2022
Zimbabwe is combating the spread of fake news ahead of elections with misinformation training to help citizens discern between false and real news. The Centre for Innovation and Technology (CITE) is conducting these lessons. Misinformation, which can lead to violence and undermine election credibility, is rampant in Africa, with Zimbabwe facing high stakes in its upcoming national and presidential polls. The ruling ZANU-PF, opposition MDC, and CCC are the main parties. Social media platforms are popular for news due to state media bias and cost. Fact-checking organizations like ZimFact are also working to counter misinformation. The training in Dete has been well received, with participants eager to apply their new skills.

Zimbabwe fights fake news with lessons in spotting disinformation

21 Oct 2022
In Zimbabwe, the Centre for Innovation and Technology (CITE) is educating residents on distinguishing between fake news and real news, amid a surge in misinformation and disinformation across Africa. The upcoming national and presidential polls in Zimbabwe heighten the importance of this issue, with past elections marred by allegations of fake news and violence. Social media platforms like WhatsApp, Facebook, and Twitter are widely used, and state media is often criticized for bias towards the ruling ZANU-PF party. Fact-checking organizations such as ZimFact are preparing for the 2023 election by debunking false claims. Media literacy programs aim to empower citizens to critically evaluate information, especially as the country approaches the election period.

Zimbabwe eyes more solar water heaters as power grid struggles

02 Aug 2022
Zimbabwe is promoting the use of solar water heaters to alleviate the strain on its power grid, which faces challenges such as severe electricity blackouts. A 2019 law mandates the installation of solar water heaters in new buildings, with the government targeting 250,000 units by 2030. While the initial cost is high, residents like Cosmas Ndlovu experience benefits such as consistent hot water and reduced energy bills. The government is considering subsidies and bank loans to encourage adoption, and has implemented policies like net metering to support solar energy. Despite the upfront costs, experts and construction companies recognize the long-term savings and environmental benefits of solar water heaters.

Meet the health workers saving lives – earning a measly R670 a month

17 Jun 2022
Zimbabwe's healthcare system has been in decline since the early 1990s, particularly affecting rural areas. Village health workers like Lucia Chinenyanga are crucial in these regions, providing education and care, including COVID-19 prevention measures. Despite their essential role, they are underpaid, earning about $42 monthly from NGOs. The country's health sector, a mix of public and private facilities, faces challenges such as resource shortages, misinformation, and inadequate infrastructure. Efforts to combat COVID-19 are hampered by vaccine hesitancy, exacerbated by social media-driven conspiracy theories. As of June 7, 2022, 28% of Zimbabweans are fully vaccinated. Health experts emphasize the importance of community healthcare and suggest innovative strategies to improve vaccination rates in remote areas.

Bucking global shift to cleaner energy, Zimbabwe digs deeper into coal

30 Aug 2021
Zimbabwe is opening new coal mines and power plants in the Hwange district, aiming to become an energy exporter and boost jobs, despite global trends towards cleaner energy. This move, involving investments from mostly Chinese companies, has sparked environmental concerns over increased carbon emissions and wildlife harm in the country's largest natural reserve. Activists and environmentalists advocate for solar power investment, citing Zimbabwe's potential and the need to align with global efforts to combat climate change. The government defends the coal expansion as necessary for energy supply and economic development, while the Greater Whange Residents Trust has sued to promote clean energy investment.

Zimbabwe’s too-productive mango growers look to processing to boost incomes

16 Feb 2021
In Zimbabwe's Midlands province, mango growers like Peter Sena are turning to a new dried fruit processing center in Gokwe to prevent waste and protect incomes amid a bumper harvest and COVID-19 market closures. The center, developed by German aid group Welthungerhilfe and run by the Agricultural Business Center, processes mangoes into dried fruit, sunflower seeds into oil, and peanuts into peanut butter, serving over 3,400 farmers. The initiative, supported by Empretec Zimbabwe and the EU, aims to expand and boost agricultural productivity. Despite challenges like excessive rains limiting sun-drying, the center's products are in high demand, and plans are underway to use electrical dehydrators. The processing center has been crucial for farmers like Sena, providing a market for their produce during the pandemic.

Zimbabweans cashing in on car exhaust dust This car part can net thieves more than $200 but costs more than $1,000 for car owners to replace.

Ashes instead of soap: Inside Zimbabwe’s COVID-19 fight


31 Jan 2020  |  envhumanities.sites.gettysburg.edu
The article discusses the evolving field of multimedia journalism, emphasizing how the integration of various media forms such as text, video, and audio has transformed the way stories are told and consumed. It highlights the importance of media training and investigative reporting skills in this context, as journalists must now be adept at using different technologies and platforms to effectively communicate their stories. The piece may explore the challenges and opportunities presented by multimedia journalism, as well as its impact on the news industry and audience engagement.

How removing taxes is helping Zimbabwe's solar energy sector

How removing taxes is helping Zimbabwe's solar energy sector

Solar Power and Net Metering could remedy Zimbabwe's power-shortages

31 Oct 2019




Lungelo Ndhlovu is a Bulawayo-based freelance contributor for the Thomson Reuters Foundation with an interest in climate change.

29 Oct 2019  |  news.trust.org
The article is an announcement that the reporting from the source has moved to a new location. The source is known for its award-winning journalism, focusing on three key global issues: climate change, the societal impacts of technology, and the development of inclusive economies. The article itself does not provide detailed content on these topics but rather serves as a notice to readers about the change in the platform for their reporting.

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