River Pollution in the City of Masvingo: A Complex Issue

  • J Mapira
  • P Mungwini


The goals of this study are threefold, namely, to raise public awareness on the problem of river pollution within the city of Masvingo, to contribute to the ongoing research and debate on this matter and to show why river pollution is a complex issue. The information discussed in this paper is based on surveys that were conducted between 2003 and 2006. It is shown that river pollution in the city is a growing problem that calls for a multi-disciplinary approach in its study. The traditional approach of focusing only on the scientific and legal aspects of the problem, provide a narrow and often biased view of the problem. A more holistic and more encompassing perspective is advocated in this paper.

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