INTRODUCTION: Since Mr.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Since Mr. Robert Mugabe became Prime Minister of Zimbabwe last April, he has faced a political and economic dilemma over his country's links with South Africa. While condemning the white government there, he has seen Black African trade with South Africa increase by more than 50 per cent.
SYNOPSIS: Zimbabwe has severed diplomatic and sporting links with South Africa but has been forced to maintain formal economic ties. Most of Zimbabwe's trade is either with or through South Africa: nearly three million tons out of Salisbury's annual trade volume of 3.8 million tons used transport links through South Africa. Zimbabwe imports oil, farm machinery, food and consumer goods from its southern neighbour. The country's economy is in delicate position, and while Mr. Mugabe would like to sever relations with South Africa altogether, such a move would be economic suicide.
The economic influence of South Africa is all too evident in the streets of Salisbury.
But while many white owned companies remain, the problem is that skilled whites like post office technicians and motor mechanics are emigrating, often across the border to South Africa.
Recent tax increases, coupled with plans to close whites-only community schools in Zimbabwe, have brought forecasts of increased emigration from the former British colony. But there is one bright spot for Mr. Mugabe. He seems to have persuaded the economically important white farmers to stay.