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South Africa seeks talks over Zimbabwe imports ban
04/07/2016 00:00:00
by UK Bureau
 
Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane
 
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SOUTH Africa’s Minister of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), Maite Nkoana-Mashabane says they are working to resolve the issues affecting the Beitbridge border post.

Protests broke out last Friday against a Zimbabwe government decision to limit the importing of South African goods.

Harare imposed strict new import regulations to protect local industry but the restrictions adversely impacted Zimbabwean cross-border traders.

The ban included products like bottled water, furniture, building materials, steel products, cereals, potato crisps, and dairy products.

Nkoana-Mashabane said they are doing their best to resolve the impasse.

"We would continue to engage Zimbabwe in pursuit of an amicable solution which would be mutually beneficiary.

“This does not only affect South Africa and Zimbabwe, but several other countries that use the Beitbridge border post," she said.

The minister added: “We will continue to engage Zimbabwe for a solution that is mutually beneficial.

“Zimbabwe remains one of our strategic partners in the region, and this has translated into good economic relations between the two countries having to be looked at.”

Zimbabwe's economy has been struggling for years, with many forced to work in the informal sector.



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