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Rebuilding Foundations Caring for People

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Ben Freeth's 2,000km ride on horseback to draw attention to the post 2000 Zimbabwean land grabs and the illegal closure of the SADC Tribunal, the regional court of last resort, by former President Robert Mugabe, was not his first. And probably not his last either. "Ben's ride is ending, but our journey to restore the tribunal has just begun," said Dr Theo de Jager of SAAI, who, together with AfriForum's legal team has walked a long, supportive path with the Zimbabwean farmers who approached the tribunal. Their current plan appears to be a political strategy, according to which they form alliances right across the region.

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Worst Drought in Four Decades. 

Maize output in Zimbabwe will drop by 72 percent this year as the country experiences its worst El Niño-triggered drought in four decades, according to the government’s latest crop assessment. It also reports a 77 percent decrease in overall food crop production, compared to last year. "Statistically, the season had the latest and driest start to a summer season in 40 years," the government said in its Second Round of Crops, Livestock and Fisheries Assessment report. Zimbabwe consumes 2.2 million tons of maize annually, with 1.8 million tons used for food and 400 000 tons used for livestock feed.

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Thoughts on my “Long Ride for Justice”.

This is a tale of four horses. Or rather, to be more exact, three horses and one mule. And it's also a tale of a long journey, both across Africa and also through time on a farm in Zimbabwe  ̶  and in the aftermath of being on that farm.


The first horse that I rode was called Tsedeq. And the farm from which we rode together was called Mount Carmel Farm and it had been taken over. This farm was where I had built my house, where our children had grown up, and where my parents-in-law, Mike and Angela Campbell, had brought up their children. And suddenly we had the land invasions taking place, and we were no longer able to stay on the farm and all the animals had been killed, and all the crops stolen …. and all the 40,000 fruit trees had died through fire or neglect.

Harnessing Sub-Saharan Africa’s critical mineral wealth

With growing demand, proceeds from critical minerals are poised to rise significantly over the next two decades. Sub-Saharan Africa stands to reap over 10 percent of cumulated revenues from the extraction of just four key minerals—copper, nickel, cobalt, and lithium, which could correspond to an increase in the region’s GDP by 12 percent or more by 2050. Given the volatile nature of commodity prices and the unpredictability over the future direction of technological innovation, these estimates have a high degree of uncertainty—but the general direction is certainly encouraging.

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Gold smuggling will sabotage new ZiG currency (please use attached pic)

The launch of the new Zimbabwe Gold (ZiG) currency has raised concerns that the current rampant illicit gold trading, as reported by Al Jazeera’s Gold Mafia documentary, will militate against the accumulation of gold reserves. Zimbabwe has been losing an estimated US$100 million in monthly gold leakages. The Zimbabwe Coalition on Debt and Development (Zimcodd) has predicted that the expected increase in import bill is likely to render the ZiG worthless. “The ZiG concept will require frequent auditing of physical gold and United States dollar cash reserves backing the currency by reputable and independent audit institutions.”

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Matabeleland concerned over army recruitment

President Mnangagwa has declared that Zimbabwe is at peace, but the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) has been recruiting soldiers in various parts of Matabeleland, including at high schools. In Mangwe, for example, the ZNA recruitment was conducted at St Francis High School, while in Matobo it took place at Shashane High School…. The army held similar exercises … in Lupane at Mabhikwa High School … and at Hlabangeza High School in Nkayi district. Political analyst Effie Ncube said government should prioritise education, health, roads, job creation, water and sanitation and food security.

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Zim seeks US$2bn bridge finance for arrears

Zimbabwe is looking for US$2 billion bridge financing to clear its to the World Bank and African Development Bank (AfDB) arrears, Finance minister  Mthuli Ncube has said as Harare seeks  to normalise relations with international financial institutions. The government owes about US$1,5 billion and US$680 million to the World Bank and AfDB, respectively, which are locking the flow of cheap financing from the two institutions. Ncube said Zimbabwe needed two or more sponsors to be able to facilitate the loan. “A sponsor provides a bridging loan literally for 24 hours, and we need about US$2 billion…”

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