SA pumps R20 billion into Zimbabwe

Bulawayo mayor Cllr Martin Moyo welcomes members of the South African trade delegation at a city hotel yesterday

Bulawayo mayor Cllr Martin Moyo welcomes members of the South African trade delegation at a city hotel yesterday

Lovemore Zigara, Midlands Correspondent
SOUTH Africa has invested about R20 billion into the Zimbabwean economy in the last 12 years as the two countries intensify economic ties, a South African minister said yesterday.

Mzwandile Masina, South Africa’s Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry told a business gathering in Gweru that the investment by his country has mainly been in the mining, agriculture, banking and retail sectors.

Masina is leading a delegation of 37 representatives from different companies, which is in the country for trade and investment talks.

The team will be in Bulawayo today and tomorrow after engagements with its Zimbabwean counterparts in Harare on Monday and Tuesday.

The team is drawn from agro-processing, mining, healthcare and ICT among others.

Going forward Masina said Zimbabwe should expect investment inflows of  more than $500 million from South African companies, which include sugar manufacturer, Tongaat Hullets, Panasonic and New Coal among others.

“According to the FDI markets between 2003 and 2015 South Africa invested about R20 billion in the mining, agriculture, banking and retail sector. I’m of the view that South Africa companies that are accompanying me here also have a crucial role to play in growing not only our trade volumes but also investment into Zimbabwe that will yield a multiplying effect in job creation,” said Masina.

“Today I’m pleased to announce future investment estimated at about $8, 85 million by Tongaat Hullets around issues of agro-processing and also the Panasonic Business Systems, which has also committed to investing about $1,2 million in the advance manufacturing as well as the $501 million to be invested by New Coal in the coal and gas sector here in Zimbabwe among other investments.”

Masina said the two countries enjoy cordial relations as demonstrated by a number of bilateral trade agreements among them the SADC Trade Protocol, the South Africa – Zimbabwe Trade Agreement, the Joint Commission for Co-operation and the Joint Technical Committee among others.

He said South Africa was committed to continue assisting Zimbabwe in infrastructural projects and said the Development Bank of South Africa and other institutions have already committed $280 million incorporating both public and private sector.

The South African government through DBSA has previously funded Zimbabwe’s infrastructural development projects, which include the rehabilitation of the Plumtree- Mutare Highway undertaken by South African construction giant, Group 5.

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  • suppoter

    People from Zim will run away seeing so many white people they are not used to it.

    • Top S’gelekeqe

      Its about time they let go of the Gukurahundi mentality of old. A mentality that says Zimbabwe is only for certain people. That is archaic and is not sustainable in the modern globalising world. I can assure you; that mentality will die with its founding father, Gukurahundi Mugabe. Everywhere in the world, various tribes and races are settling and integrating. Its a Global village. SA itself has about 7 million whites and most of these will be moving back to Zim very soon; industry and commerce is the catalyst for this. Accept it; the white men is here to stay – they are going nowhere!!

      • Maxwell

        Top you seemed to be obsessed with Gukurahundi! Asi were some of your relatives bandits?

        • Zebron Dube

          I don’t think his relatives were bandits.However I think some were killed by the Korean trained bandits.

          • Top Sigelekeqe

            Instead of bothering about people using the word Gukurahundi frequently – which in fact is their right; I think it would do the country much good if those who are bothered start bothering about the never ending rhetoric about a war that ended 37 years ago; and many other issues such as the useless and meaningless constant anti-west mantras that have ruined Zimbabwe’s economy. Let the guilty ones bother about the word GUKURAHUNDI. Its them who started it all, after all!!

        • Top Sigelekeqe

          Wena are you a Gukurahundi? Why does that bother you? Only Gukurahundis should be bothered; or even notice that someone is obsessed or not. If you aint one how do you notice that?