Zimbabwe – 27 July 2014

Zimbabweans arrested as SA targets ‘illegals’
Reports coming from South Africa say Zimbabweans are among hundreds of illegal immigrants from across Africa arrested in a crackdown that started Monday.
There are conflicting reports regarding the destination of those that have been arrested, with some saying the South African authorities were deporting them. SW Radio Africa

Mugabe seeks $1.4billion World Bank reprieve
COLOGNE – President Robert Mugabe’s administration has ratchet up efforts, to seek a massive US$1.4billion World Bank reprieve, as the country’s economy is sliding back into a tailspin, The Telescope News reported.
Senior officials in government, including a cabinet minister this week confirmed that finance ministry technocrats, are working on a plan for debt relief with the Washington based Bretton Woods financial institution. Bulawayo24.com

UK not reversing Zimbabwe deportations
BRITAIN said Thursday it had no plans to go back on its October 2010 decision to deport all failed Zimbabwean asylum seekers despite Harare supposedly rejecting White Hall’s requests for cooperation over the issue. Bulawayo24.com

Infrastructure high on summit agenda
SADC SUMMIT 22 DAYS TO GO. Southern Africa’s vision as an emerging economy with sound infrastructure, as one of its pillars, is fast becoming a reality with the hosting of the regional summit by Zimbabwe next month. The momentum is building towards the 34th Southern African Development Community summit, when the leaders of 15 states will meet in Victoria Falls with President Mugabe chairing. The Herald

Zimbabwe to relax visa requirements, eyes 3,2mln tourism arrivals by 2015
ZIMBABWE expects tourism arrivals to reach 2,5 million this year, rising to 3,2 million in 2015, by relaxing visa requirements for emerging economies and mounting a campaign to improve perceptions of the country as a security risk. NewZimbabwe.com