Geography Department

Dr Albert ManyaniDepartment Chairperson – Dr. A. Manyani

The Geography Department seeks to be a hub of knowledge in teaching all Geography related disciplines of the University.

To advance in the physical and social aspect of Geography through extensive use of GIS technology in learning, teaching and research.

Core Values

  • Learning
  • Excellence Diversity
  • Student centered
  • Leading
  • Discipline
  • Integrity

2019 Publications in the Geograpgy Department

  1. Mawadza, T and Mapuva, J (2019). The Significance of Urban Agriculture in Poverty Alleviation: case of Bindura Town in Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities Research; Vol. 4, Issue 8; 1-23; August 2019
  2. Tambura, P and Mapuva, J (2019). Interrogating Integrated Solid Waste Management in Rural Councils in Zimbabwe: Case of Mt Darwin Journal of Waste Management and Disposal, 2 (1) 1-10
  3. Mapuva, J and Miti. G.P (2019). Exploring the Uncharted Territory of Devolution in Zimbabwe, Africanus: Journal of Development Studies Vol. 49 (3):1-18 (February 2019)
  4. Mudavanhu C, (2019) Adults’ Attitudes towards Children’s Participation in Disaster Risk Management in Zimbabwe. Children, Youth and Environments, 29(1).
  5. Mavhura E. (2019) Systems Analysis of Vulnerability to Hydrometeorological Threats: An Exploratory Study of Vulnerability Drivers in Northern Zimbabwe, Int J Disaster Risk Sci
  6. Mavhura E. (2019) A systems approach for assessing emergency preparedness in underground mines of Zimbabwe, Resources Policy 62: 1–8;
  7. Mavhura E. (2019) Analysing drivers of vulnerability to flooding: a systems approach, South African Geographical Journal, 101:1, 72-90, DOI:10.1080/03736245.2018.1541020
  8. Manyani A, Urmilla B, Chanza N and Mavhura E. (2019) Governance of rural livelihoods and adaptation to climate variability and change in Zimbabwe: Enhancement considerations in Chadereka. Journal of Research in Humanities and Social Sciences. Volume 7. Issue 1. PP6-21. ISSN (Online): 2321-9467.
  9. Makuwerere D, Manyani A and Mashanga T. (2019) Secondary Heritage Studies Book 2 published by Consultus Publishing Services and approved by the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education. ISBN: 978-0-7974-9790-0.

2018 Publications in the Geograpgy Department

  1. Chanza N. (2018) Book Chapter “Strategies for water Disaster Management in Zimbabwe”, in Environment , Infrastructure and Services in Urban and Regional Planning in Zimbabwe, University of Zimbabwe Publications.
  2. Mapuva, J (2018). “Living the Life of a Social Movement: Evidence From the National Constitution Assembly in Zimbabwe”- The African Review: A Journal of African Politics, Development and International Affairs, 45 (2) 72-93; December, 2018.
  3. Mapuva, J and Mazambani D (2018). De-politicising the Local Government Landscape: Evidence from the Law and Practice of Local Government in Zimbabwe- International Journal of Political Science and Development, 6(8) 258-268, December 2018.
  4. Mukwada G. and Manatsa D. (2018) Spatiotemporal analysis of the effect of climate change on vegetation health in the Drakensberg Mountain Region of South Africa. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 190(6). DOI: 10.1007/s10661-018-6660-0
  5. Chanza N., Chigona A., Nyahuve A. and Nondo N. (2018) Diagnosing barriers to climate change adaptation at community level: reflections from Silobela, Zimbabwe. GeoJournal. DOI: 10.1007/s10708-018-9890-3.
  6. Chanza N. (2018) Limits to Climate Change Adaptation in Zimbabwe: Insights, Experiences and Lessons, Book Chaptr : Limits to Climate Change Adaptation. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-64599-5_6.
  7. Bongo, hanza N P.P., Dziruni, G. & Muzenda-Mudavanhu, C., (2018) ‘The effectiveness of community-based rehabilitation as a strategy for improving quality of life and disaster resilience for children with disability in rural Zimbabwe’, Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies 10(1), a442.
  8. Ceccato P, Ramirez R, Manyangadze T, Gwakisa P, Thomson MC. (2018) Data and tools to integrate climate and environmental information into public health, Infectious Diseases of Poverty 7(1):126.
  9. Ndlela S, Manyangadze T, Sachisuko A, van der Lingen S, and Makowe IA. (2018) The distribution and management of two invasive pests of Eucalyptus: The red gum lerp psyllid; Glycaspis brimblecombei (Hemiptera: Psylloidae), and the blue gum chalcid wasp; Leptocybe invasa (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae) in Zimbabwe; African Entomology 26(1): 104–115
  10. Rubaba O., Chimbari M.J., Soko W., Manyangadze T. and Mukaratirwa S. (2018) Validation of a urine circulating cathodic antigen cassette test for detection of Schistosoma haematobiumin uMkhanyakude District of South Africa, Acta Tropica. 182 (2018): 161–165.
  11. Mbiriri M., Mukwada G. and Manatsa D. (2018) Influence of Altitude on the Spatiotemporal Variations of Meteorological Droughts in Mountain Regions of the Free State Province, South Africa (1960-2013). Hindawi Advances in Meteorology Volume 2018, Article ID 5206151, 11 pages DOI10.1155/2018/5206151
  12. Mbiriri M., Mukwada G and Manatsa D. (2018) Spatiotemporal characteristics of severe dry and wet conditions in the Free State Province, South Africa. Theoretical and Applied Climatology. DOI10.1007/s00704-018-2381-0
  13. Manyani A. and Bob U. (2018) Stakeholder Participation in Climate Change Adaptation in Chadereka Ward 1 of Muzarabani Rural District in Zimbabwe, IOSR Journal of Humanities and Social Science (IOSR-JHSS). Vol. 23 no. 1: 72-85. (Published 15/2/18).

2017 Publications in the Geograpgy Department

  1. Manyani, A., Chagweda K., Muzenda-Mudavanhu C., and Chanza N. (2017) Indigenous-Based Practices of Adapting To Climate Change: Reflections From Chirumhanzu, ZimbabweIOSR Journal of Environmental Science, Toxicology and Food Technology (IOSR-JESTFT) e-ISSN: 2319-2402,p- ISSN: 2319-2399.Volume 11, Issue 12 Ver. I (December. 2017), PP 54-66
  2. Chanza, N., Nyahuye, A., Mundoga, T. and Moyo F.F. (2017) Emerging solid waste management challenges in Beitbridge Border Town: Evidence from a participatory approach. International Journal of Advanced Research, 5(4), 771-781. DOI: 10.21474/IJAR01/3874.
  3. Chanza, N. and Mafongoya, P.L. (2017). Indigenous-based climate science from the Zimbabwean experience: From impact identification, mitigation and adaptation. In, Mafongoya, P.L. and Ajayi, O.C. (editors), Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Climate Change Management in Africa, The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), Wageningen, The Netherlands, 316pp.
  4. Mavhura E, Collins A.E and Bongo P. (2017) Flood Vulnerability and relocation readiness in Zimbabwe.  Journal of Disaster Prevention and Management   Disaster Prevention and Management:  An International Journal. Volume 26 (1):  41 – 54 DOI 10.1108/DPM-05-2016-0101.
  5. Mavhura, E., (2017) ‘Building resilience to food insecurity in rural communities: Evidence from traditional institutions in Zimbabwe’, Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies 9(1), a453.
  6. Mavhura E., (2017) Applying a systems-thinking approach to community resilience analysis using rural livelihoods: The case of Muzarabani district, Zimbabwe,  International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2017.09.008.
  7. Mavhura, E; Manatsa, D. and Matiashe, M. (2017) Adapting smallholder farming to climate change and variability: Household strategies and challenges in Chipinge district, Zimbabwe, , Climate Change, Vol. 2: 903- 913.
  8. Mavhura E.,  Manyena  A.& Collins E. (2017) An approach for measuring social vulnerability in context: The case of flood hazards in Muzarabani district, Zimbabwe, Geoforum 86: 103-117.
  9. Maponga R, Fethi Ahmed & Terrence Darlington Mushore (2017) Remote sensing based assessment of veldfire trends in Zimbabwe published by GeoCarto International, DOI:10.1080/10106049.2017.1289557.
  10. Maponga R, Fethi Ahmed & Desmond Manatsa (2017) Determination of Veld Fire Hazard Zones in Multiple Tenure Systems in Zimbabwe: Implications for Intervention, Environment and Ecology Research 5(6): 409-421.
  11. Manatsa D & Mukwada G. (2017) A connection from stratospheric ozone to El Niño-Southern Oscillation, Published 2017 in Scientific reports.
  12. Bongo P.P., Dodo E.& Muzenda-Mudavanhu C. (2017) Exploring the Role of Indigenous Knowledge in Flood Disaster Risk Reduction in Zimbabwe,  International Journal of Humanities Social Sciences and Education (IJHSSE), Volume 4, 2017, PP 1-20.
  13. Mudavanhu C. (2018) ‘Children’s Experiences of Participation in Disaster Risk Reduction: Perspectives from Parents and Stakeholders in Muzarabani, Climate Events and Disaster Mitigation from Policy to Practice, Daya Publishing House, New Delhi.
  14. Mapuva, J (2017). “The Controversies of Zimbabwe’s Economic Interventionist Policies: Interrogating the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (ZimAsset)” The African Review: A Journal of African Politics, Development and International Affairs, Vol. 44, No. 2, December 2017.
  15. Manyangadze T, Chimbari MJ, Macherera M, and Mukaratirwa S. (provisionally accepted, October 2017)  Micro-spatial distribution of malaria cases and control strategies at ward level in Gwanda district, Matabeleland South, Zimbabwe, Malaria Journal
  16. Ndlela S, Manyangadze T, Sachisuko A, van der Lingen S, and Makowe IA, (accepted- October 2017) The distribution and management of two invasive pests of Eucalyptus: The red gum lerp psyllid; Glycaspis brimblecombei (Hemiptera: Psylloidae), and the blue gum chalcid wasp; Leptocybe invasa (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae) in Zimbabwe,  African Entomology
  17. Muhubiri K,  Chimbari MJ, Manyangadze T, Mukaratirwa S, (2017) Schistosomiasis risk factors based on infection status among school-going children in the Ndumo area, uMkhanyakude District, South Africa, Southern African Journal of Infectious Diseases, 6 pp.
  18. Muhubiri K,  Chimbari MJ, Manyangadze T, Mukaratirwa S, (2017) Efficacy of praziquantel on Schistosoma haematobium and re-infection rates among school-going children in the Ndumo area of uMkanyakude district, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, Infectious Diseases of Poverty 6:83, 9 pp.

2015-16 Publications in the Geography

  1. Mukwada G and Manatsa D. (2016). Acacia mearnsii management in a South African national park: SWOT analysis using hot topics in biological invasion as a guide. Journal of Mountain Science.DOI:10.1007/s11629-015-3808-z
  2. Manatsa D and Reason CJC. (2016) ENSO-Kalahari Desert linkage on Southern Africa summer Surface Air Temperature variability. International Journal of Climatology, Royal Meteorological Society, DOI: 10.1002/joc.4806
  3. Mushore D., Manatsa D., Pedzisai E., Mudavanhu C. (2016). Investigating the implications of meteorological indicators of seasonal rainfall performance on maize yield in a rain-fed agricultural system: Case study of Mt Darwin District in Zimbabwe. Theor Appl Climatol DOI 10.1007/s00704-016-1838-2.
  4. E. Efon, A. Lenouo, D. Monkam and D. Manatsa, (2016). Cloud properties during active and break spells of the west african summer monsoon from CloudSat-CALIPSO measurements, Journal of Atmospheric and Solar Terrestrial Physics,
  5. Muzenda-Mudavanhu C., Manyena B., Collins A. E. (2016) Disaster risk reduction knowledge among children in Muzarabani District, Zimbabwe. Natural Hazards, 1-21. DOI: 10.1007/s11069-016-2465-z. Publication link: 5f47f68e-7a7a-4e11-b2fc-471292e99c4a
  6. Muzenda- Mudavanhu C. (2016) A review of Children’s participation in Disaster risk reduction. Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies; 8(1). doi: 10.4102/jamba.v8i1.218
  7. Mapuva, Jand Dube M (2016). “Small Scale Gold Mining and Rural Livelihoods: Case of Wozoli-Silobela, Ward 22, Kwekwe Distict (Zimbabwe” Journal of Progressive Research in Social Sciences (JPRSS), 3 (3) 223-231, March 23, 2016.
  8. Mapuva, J&Chimbangu, F (2016). “Of Natural Resources, Poverty Alleviation and Local Communities: Case of Quarry Mining in Mutoko District (Zimbabwe)” Journal of Progressive Research in Social Sciences (JPRSS), 3 (2) 191-197, February 19, 2016.
  9. Mapuva, Jand Dube M (2016). “Small Scale Gold Mining and Rural Livelihoods: Case of Wozoli-Silobela, Ward 22, Kwekwe Distict (Zimbabwe” Journal of Progressive Research in Social Sciences (JPRSS), 3 (3) 223-231, March 23, 2016.
  10. Mapuva, J&Chimbangu, F (2016). “Of Natural Resources, Poverty Alleviation and Local Communities: Case of Quarry Mining in Mutoko District (Zimbabwe)” Journal of Progressive Research in Social Sciences (JPRSS), 3 (2) 191-197, February 19, 2016. Mavhura E, Collins A and Bongo P (2016) Vulnerability to River Flooding and Relocation Readiness: The Case of Floodplain Residents in Zimbabwe (Accepted for Publication by the Journal of Disaster Prevention and Management).
  11. Mavhura, E (2016) Disaster Legislation: A critical review of the Civil Protection Act of Zimbabwe. Nat Hazards80: 605-621 DOI 10.1007/s11069-015-1986-1
  12. Chanza, N., Mugano, G., Chirisa, I& Bandauko, E. (2016). Locating Harare in the Zimbabwean Mantra of Economic Underperformance: Trends, Reality and Implications in Service Delivery. Journal of Social Development in Africa, 29 (2): 161-186.
  13. Siyongwana, PQ. &Chanza, N. (2016) Interrogating the post-apartheid socio-economic transformation in Mdantsane, Buffalo City. GeoJournal 04/2016; DOI:10.1007/s10708-016-9714-2
  14. Chanza, N. & de Wit, A. (2016) Enhancing Climate Governance through Indigenous Knowledge: Case in Sustainability Science. South African Journal of Science, 112 (3/4), Art. #2014-0286, 7 pages.
  15.  Manatsa D., T.D. Mushore and A Lenouo (2015). Improved Predictability of Droughts over southern Africa using the Standardized Precipitation Evapotranspiration Index and ENSO. Theoretical and Applied Climatology. DOI: 10.1007/s00704-015-1632-6.
  16. Mudavanhu C. Manyena B.S, Collins A.E, Bongo P., Mavhura E., Manatsa D, Taking Children’s Voices in Disaster Risk Reduction a Step Forward. Int. J. Disaster Risk Sci. DOI:10.1007/s13753-015-0060-7.
  17. Manatsa D., C. Mudavanhu, T.D. Mushore , E. Mavhura (2015). Linking Major Shifts in East Africa ‘Short Rains’ to the Southern Annular Mode. International Journal of Climatology,The Royal Meteorological Society. DOI:10.1002/joc.4443.
  18. Mavhura E, Manatsa D and Mushore T (2015). Adaption to Drought in Arid and Semi Arid Environments: Case study of the Zambezi Valley, Zimbabwe. Jamba Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies; 7, No 1, 7 doi:10.4102/ jamba. v7i1.44.
  19. Mapuva, J (2015).Citizen Participation, Mobilisation and Contested Participatory Spaces” International Journal of Political Science and Development 3(10) 405-415, October 2015.
  20. Mapuva, J (2015). Sustainable Local Governance Reforms: An Urban Planning Perspective, International Journal of Politics and Good Governance, Vol.V1, No. 6.4, Quarter 1V, 2015.
  21. Chinyanganya T. P, Ncube-Phiri S, Mapuva J and Tichagwa Joyman (2015). “NGOs, urban community gardening and sustainable development: Case study of Wards 3 and 7, Masvingo District, Zimbabwe” in Global Journal of Art and Social Science Education, Vol 3 (4) 116-124, September 2015.
  22. Mapuva, J and Mapuva, L (2015). “Globalisation, Economic Growth and Employment Creation in South Africa” in Journal of Culture, Society and Development, Vol. 9, 2015
  23. Jephias Mapuva (2015). “Is Devolution Still an Option?” The Zimbabwean, 14 August 2015. Available at
  24. Mapuva, J (2015). “Skewed Rural Development Policies and Economic Malaise in Zimbabwe” African Journal of History and Culture, Vol.7 (7)142-151, July 2015.
  25. Mapuva, J (2015). “The Controversies of Devolution in Zimbabwe”International Journal of Political Science and Development3(5)281-202.
  26. Mapuva, J (2015). “Prospects of Amalgamating the SADC and SACU”Peace and Conflict Monitor – Policy, University of Peace, 19 February 2015. Available at
  27. Mapuva, J and Mapuva, L (2015).“Arnstein’s Ladder of Participation: Case of Zimbabwe”International Journal of African and Asian Studies, Vol.11, 2015
  28. Mushure T.D, Mavhura E. Tichaona Z, Nation M (2015) Assessment of the Reliability of World Weather Online Forecasts for Kadoma Community. J Earth Sci Clim Change 6: 291. doi:10.4172/2157-7617.1000291.
  29. Chanza, N. & de Wit, A. (2015) Rediscovering Indigenous Climate Knowledge for better Responses to Climate Change: Insights from Muzarabani. Int. J. Climate Change: Impacts & Responses, 6(3/4): 19-35.
  30. Chanza, N.; Chirisa, I; Zhakata, W & Makura, ESMS (2015). The Consideration of Ethics and Justice Issues in the Formulation of Climate Change Policies in Zimbabwe. National Climate Justice Project, Online:
  31. Chanza, N. (2015). “Indigenous-Based Adaptation: An Imperative for Sustainable Climate Change Strategies for Africa.” In: Mawere, M. & Awuah-Nyamekye, S. (eds), Harnessing cultural capital for sustainability: A pan Africanist perspective. Langaa Publishing House: Bamenda, pp. 85-134.
  32. Chingarande-Mutanga SD, Chanza N& Mugano, G (2015) Zimbabwe Youth Development Report 2015. The Zimbabwe Youth Council, Harare. ISBN: 978-0-7974-66-340
  33. Mudavanhu, C. and Bongo P.P. (2015) Children’s Lived Experiences of Coping with Natural Disasters: Lessons from Floods and Droughts in Muzarabani District, Zimbabwe. Children, Youth and Environments 25(3), 196-203.

Departmental staff
Dr. Albert Manyani – Chairperson
Secretary – : Ms P. Sikweyala: Nat. Dip Secr Stud – Hre Poly, (Zimbabwe),  Exec Dipl in Business Leadership – ZOU (Current Studies).


Technical Staff

  • Mr B Hwata: Senior Technician, Cert Agric, Cert Cartography, Post Grad Dipl GIS UZ, MSc NME (current studies).
  • Mr C Bwande: Technical Assistant
  • Mr Machekanzombe: Techinician (Weather Station)