SA, Zim vow to boost trade, create jobs

JOHANNESBURG – Zimbabwe’s Foreign Affairs Minister says South Africa will benefit from efforts to reduce overcrowding at the busiest border post in Africa.

Simbarashe Mumbengegwi was meeting with Department of International Relations (Dirco) Minister, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane in Pretoria on Monday.

Both leaders have vowed to boost trade and create jobs.

This cames ahead of the SA Zimbabwe bi-national commission meeting which was opened by President Jacob Zuma Tuesday morning.  President Mugabe is attending the meeting, together with several ministers from Zimbabwe and South Africa.

Harare and Pretoria are facing an uphill battle, as the scourge of poverty, inequality, and unemployment takes it toll.

Zimbabweans facing serious food shortages are resorting to panic buying.

It’s reminiscent of scenes from 2008, when hyper-inflation devastated the country’s economy.

South Africa says the bi-national commission will afford them an opportunity to work together

“In order to achieve this, we must engage more effectively in co-operation projects in the fields of agriculture, mining, infrastructure development, defence, security and economy,” says Nkoana-Mashabane.

Both countries want to alleviate overcrowding at the Beitbridge border post in Musina by establishing one-stop border post.

“Our two countries stand to benefit immensely from the smooth movement of people and goods at the Beitbridge, a one stop border and the busiest border post in Africa, it will bring harmonised processes,” says Mumbengegwi. – eNCA.

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