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South Africa's Economic Statecraft in Southern Africa: Non-existent or Nascent? An Examination of Relations with Zimbabwe and Swaziland

This occasional paper is concerned with the success of South Africa’s engagement with Zimbabwe and Swaziland in support of a normative and progressive agenda by means of economic incentives and other tools favouring the promotion of democracy and it…

Revamping Artisanal Gold Mining in Zimbabwe to Catalyse Poverty Reduction

"This briefing discusses the challenges and opportunities presented by the artisanal gold mining sector in Zimbabwe. It reflects on the measures needed to promote artisanal miners’ contribution to sustainable development, economic growth and povert…

Journal of Energy in Southern Africa Vol 25 no 4

This issue comprises several articles. The first article “The sensitivity of the South African industrial sector’s electricity consumption to electricity price fluctuations” proposes that the price elasticity of industrial electricity demand varies …

Women and Democracy in Zimbawe: Insights from Afrobarometer

"Women are mostly marginalised in African political processes, but they have one key area of equality with their menfolk, and that is in voting: The ballot does not discriminate, even if the results of the balloting frequently do not meet the exp…

The Transformer Vol 3

It is the 10th anniversary celebration of CCMT. This edition of 'The Transformer' looks at the developments that have taken place at the organisation since its inception in 2003. From the development of the unique intervention approach which we aptl…

Challenges to Social Services Delivery in Zimbabwe Resettlement Areas

Challenges are outlined in this paper as to the provision of basic social services in resettlement areas in Zimbabwe. Areas that are investigated are particularly schools and adequate health facilities. The process of resettlement will also be dis…

Now That we Know...A Case for a Community-Driven National Reconciliation Process

To confirm the need for reconciliation in the country and the conflicts that would be included in the reconciliation process was the primary purposes of this study. The researchers needed to establish whether or not the historical situation pointed…

China-Zimbabwe Relations: A Model of China-Africa Relations?

There are two parallel interpretations of the relationship between China and Zimbabwe: on the one hand, it is often viewed as a microcosm of China–Africa relations due to its economic and resource elements; on the other, it is portrayed as an exampl…

The Courts: Lights that Guide our Foreign Affairs

This paper specifically seeks to examine the role that South Africa’s courts might play, and how civil society might use the courts, in ensuring that the country’s foreign policy complies with human rights standards. It does so by reflecting on sev…

China and Zimbabwe: The Context and Contents of a Complex Relationship

"China’s relationship with Africa has been the subject of considerable interest and controversy. The general assumption that the continent is moving closer to China because of its generosity (in contrast with traditional Western partners) and the wi…

Raising the Community Voice in the Extractive Sector

The document is divided into four main headings. The headlines are then discussed in more detail with subtitles following. The first heading poses the question: 1. Is Zimbabwe prepared to reap the benefits from BRICs investments? The following impor…

Is Zimbabwe Prepared to Reap the Benefits from BRICs Investments?

Equitability and sustainability should be exercised when natural resources are exploited. Diamond mining at Anjin has, to a large extent, revealed worst mining practices have been revealed, to a large extent, at the mining of diamonds at Anjin. The…

2013 Elections in Kenya and Zimbabwe: Lessons for Africa and Beyond

"The 2013 elections in Kenya and Zimbabwe took place in the context of both optimism and fear. Held under new constitutional dispensations that promised democratic progress, these were ‘first-generation’ elections that followed the gruesome electora…

Mergers in Zimbabwe’s Diamond Sector set to Evade Human Rights due Diligence

The mining of diamonds in Zimbabwe had been operating at a minimum level before the commencement of large scale alluvial diamond mining in Marange in 2010. According to the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) unpublished figures quoted in the United Nati…

Zimbabwe and South Africa: Security Takes Precedence Over Economy

"South Africa and its partners in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) removed Zimbabwe from its agenda following the July 2013 elections in Zimbabwe, which saw Zanu-PF return to power. The decision by SADC to end regional monitoring fo…

Zimbabweans See Corruption on the Increase but Fear Consequences of Reporting

"Transparency International consistently ranks Zimbabwe among the most corrupt countries in the world (156th out of 175 countries in its 2014 Corruption Perceptions Index). In the latest Afrobarometer survey, a majority of adult Zimbabweans say that…

Deliberate Disengagement: How Education Decreases Political Participation in Electoral Authoritarian Regimes

"A large literature examining advanced and consolidating democracies suggests that education increases political participation. However, in electoral authoritarian regimes, educated voters may instead deliberately disengage. If education increases c…

Raising the Community Voice in the Extractive Sector: Government Laxity over the Deteriorating State of Affairs in the Diamond Mining Manicaland Province Raises Eyebrows

The level of deterioration of the diamond industry of Manicaland Province deeply concerns the Centre for Research and Development. The government has been an active partner since commencement of formal mining operations in 2009. Events in the last 7…

Roles and Responsibilities in Rural Local Governance in Zimbabwe: Parallels, Overlaps and Conflict

This research paper focuses on the parallels and overlaps in the responsibilities and power of the local authorities that govern rural Zimbabwean communities, where the majority of Zimbabweans live. The paper demonstrates how these parallels and ove…

Will Zimbabwe Lift the Ban on DTZ-OZGEO Mining Activities Along Mutare River in Penhalonga?

DTZ-OZGEO is a partnership between the Development Trust of Zimbabwe (DTZ) and a Russian registered company called Econedra. Vice President Dr. Joshua Nkomo initiated the set up of DTZ in 1989 with the vision of ensuring that Zimbabweans become act…

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