Zimbabwe – 15 August 2014

SADC summit should address mineral resource question
SADC Summit should address where the bloc’s gold and other valuable minerals are – and who really owns them?
Southern Africa Development Corporation (SADC) should use its Victoria Falls Summit to seriously rethink its primary reliance on Western and Asian capital for the purposes of investment opting for the maximisation of its rich mineral resources. Bulawayo24.com

‘Zimbabwe is a disaster today,’ says Gwede Mantashe
ZIMBABWE is a disaster today, thanks to its chaotic and violent land reforms, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe, said this week as he assured South African farmers their land would not be seized forcibly and without compensation.
“Zimbabwe was a food basket of Africa but is a disaster today,” Mantashe said, according to reports in South African media while responding to questions after addressing a dialogue on land reform and food security in Johannesburg on Wednesday. Bulawayo 24.com

Help solve Zim crisis, MDC-T urges South Africa
THE opposition MDC-T party has urged South Africa to help solve the “crisis” in its northern neighbour after Pretoria extended the temporary residence permits of some 250,000 Zimbabweans, admitting it would take time for Harare to return to stability.
According to the party, the one-way flow of immigrants across the shared border between the two countries would likely continue if there is no lasting solution to Zimbabwe’s political and economic problems. New Zimbabwe.com

‘Snubbed’ opposition parties plot on Sadc
HARARE – Zimbabwean opposition parties, stung by a rebuff from regional power broker Sadc over attempts to have the country’s economic and political situation discussed at this year’s Heads of State and Government Summit, have vowed to “use all means necessary” to get attention.
In separate interviews with The Zimbabwe Mail on Thursday after Sadc director of the organ on politics defence and security Tanki Mothae declared there would not be any discussions on the country’s situation, the two MDC-T formations said they would “nicodemusly smuggle their agenda into the on-going 34th Sadc summit in Victoria Falls”. The Zimbabwe Mail