By Constance van Niekerk in SA
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Ministers of Water had a cocktail yesterday evening at Meikles Hotel in Harare. Zimbabwe’s leading mbira group, Mbira DzeNharira, graced the occasion and serenaded the Ministers with their haunting mbira and intricate percussion.
Today at eight, this morning began the opening session of the SADC Ministers of Water at Meikles Hotel. The last time they had a meeting was on the 30th of May in 2013 in Luanda, Angola where they established the Zambezi Watercourse Commission (ZAMCOM) Council of Ministers, with Zimbabwe designated to host the Commission’s headquarters, the Permanent Secretariat. Yesterday was the Official Opening of the Secretariat in Samora Machel Avenue in the Sunshine City. Performing at the opening was the Mbira ensemble of mbira maestro Tendayi Gahamadze, Mbira DzeNharira.
ZAMCOM is comprised of the SADC member countries that share the Zambezi River Basin. It was formed in 2004 and its main objective is, “to promote the equitable and reasonable utilization of the water resources of the Zambezi Watercourse as well as the efficient management and sustainable development thereof.” Performing at the SADC Ministers of Water opening today is yet again Zimbabwe’s mbira sensation Mbira DzeNharira.
There are 15 member states in the SADC, which are Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Of these, only 8 are members of ZAMCOM. The eight, which are called the Zambezi riparian states are Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and host country Zimbabwe.
Photographer: Simba Nyamudo