‘SA companies must invest in Zim’

Source: ‘SA companies must invest in Zim’ | The Herald May 3, 2016

GOVERNMENT wants South African companies exporting to Zimbabwe to also bring investment into local industry in order to create jobs and improve the tight liquidity situation in the country.

Deputy Minister of Industry and Commerce Chiratidzo Mabuwa said Government needs to take a firm stand and demand that South African companies also invest in local industry to produce locally.

She also lamented failure by industry to tap into the $800 million expenditure by local mining companies procuring equipment from other countries due to lack of capacity.

The deputy minister made the remarks during the inaugural CZI Manufacturers Conference at the 57th edition of the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair, which ended in Bulawayo on Saturday last week.

“It is time that we do not apologize for anything, we need to be invested here in Zimbabwe in order to create the jobs. There is no need for us to be exporting the little (liquidity) that we have. We are exporting it all out of this country and we are exporting jobs,” she said.

South Africa is Zimbabwe’s biggest trading partner, but while 60 percent of Zimbabwe’s predominantly raw exports find their way into its Southern neighbour, trade is grossly skewed in South Africa’s favour with local industry struggling to compete with imports from that country due to the high costs of producing locally.

Zimbabwe is also battling an unsustainable mismatch between imports and exports with the huge trade deficit partly the reason it is plagued by frequent bouts of tight liquidity crises .

Zimbabwe’s trade deficit stood at $2,9 billion last year, but the deficit is projected to narrow by 2 percent to $2,8 billion this year

“I was saying to South African companies when they came here, ‘you are busy importing your products into Zimbabwe, can you please import the market as well; bring us your customers to buy here.

“I said do not take the little hard foreign currency and export it all by bringing your products, this is the simple message that we should talk with straight faces as Zimbabweans and we can (propagate) buy Zimbabwe (campaign), but if we do not talk to it, we are not being true to ourselves,” said Deputy Minister Mabuwa.

Deputy Minister Mabuwa, responding to assertions by Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries president Busisa Moyo that facilities of about $20 million from global credit provider Crown Agents, could be too big for most firms, also said local companies should invest with a view of the SADC and COMESA markets.

The CZI president had opined that facilities of $20 million, which are the standard financing packaging Crown Agents indicated it could arrange for qualifying local companies, could be more than what most producers need relative to the size of their markets.

“We need the $20 million facilities; they (companies) would have to think outside the box and plan for the bigger market, which is being presented through Africa.

“Think Africa and think beyond, that is your market, we are a 14 million population country and not a 14 million people market, we are way bigger than that, we will do the rest in marketing your products,” she said.

The deputy minister also implored the local representatives of the international credit provider to consider a way of arranging financing without putting local firms through the rigours of due diligence.


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    mark longhurst 6 years ago

    One of the reasons Zim is soooo expensive is because of S.A. owned companies, I.E all the supermarkets and most of the fast food.They have always ripped zimbos off and don’t give a fig, sadly they are not the partners Zim needs

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    Tiger Shona 6 years ago

    The minister refuse to acknowledge why S A companies will not come here. If they do, their investment is legally stolen through the Indiginization law.

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    Zambuko 6 years ago

    The government that Mabuwa represents has create the economic climate that has decimated Zimbabwe agriculture and manufacturing. Instead of setting out the government’s economic policy agenda and how that is going to create an enabling environment she merely asserts that South African companies must invest in Zimbabwe. The shallow and unsophisticated call she has made is symptomatic of the quality of thinking that the Mugabe regime puts into economic policy. Without admitting that her government has killed to goose he asks her southern neighbors to give her another one…please. This begging bowl approach to economic development is, of course, all due to the West’s sanctions.

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    Kevin 6 years ago

    South African companies will only invest in Zimbabwe when the following conditions are in place,
    1. The Rule of Law is re-established, with competent Judges and not ZANU PF appointees.
    2. The corrupt “rent seekers” are no longer encouraged and protected by ZANU PF.
    3. The Police conduct themselves properly instead of acting as “highwaymen”.
    4. The indigenisation laws are repealed.
    In short they will ot invest in Zimbabwe whilst the corrupt ZANU PF thieves run the country.

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    IAN SMITH 6 years ago


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    Kabunga 6 years ago

    We don’t need them, we can do it on our own. We did before. What we need are policy changes starting with agriculture. We need to stop importing basic food. We have companies that can provide employment that have shut down because of labour laws, Zimra and bad economic policies. Zimbabwe government needs to wake up and look after Zimbabweans . We don’t need to have South African companies doing it for us!!!!