Allies since time immemorial


ZIMBABWE and South Africa are inseparable.
Blacks from the two countries fought tooth and nail against white invaders in order to attain freedom.
But before we go there, there is this man called Cecil John Rhodes, said to be the first man in the world to sign a one-million-pound sterling cheque.
South Africa was, in a way, his first ‘home’ when he came from England as a sickling before he ‘found’ another ‘home’ in Zimbabwe, where he even ‘found’ his ‘Little England’ in Nyanga and ‘World’s View’ at Matopos.
Rhodes actually named the country Rhodesia.
He became filthy rich through the minerals he was stealing both from South Africa and Zimbabwe, and to date, as he lies at Njelele, Matopos, the sacred shrine of black Zimbabweans, the money he made from our resources is still circulating around the world in his name.
Today, decades after blacks dislodged white colonial rule, Zimbabwe and South Africa continue to enjoy cordial relations.
Just last year there was the inaugural Zimbabwe-South Africa Bi-National Commission in Harare that sought ways to enhance economic, political, social, security, scientific, technical and even cultural co-operation, among other co-perations between the two countries.
And this year, on October 3, President Robert Mugabe, at the invitation of South African President, Jacob Zuma, attended the Second Session of the Zimbabwe-South Africa Bi-National Commission in Pretoria.
In our lead story, we mentioned that indeed Zimbabwe and South Africa are all-weather friends and we chronicled various events over the years showing that the two countries have always stood side-by-side.
And in Pretoria, Presidents Mugabe and Zuma cemented that relationship when they reiterated their commitment to improving and strengthening the economic relations between the two countries by facilitating trade and removing impediments constraining bilateral trade and investments.
Coming to the strategic Beitbridge Border Post – now the busiest border post in Africa — the two heads of state, having noted the developments on the One Stop Border Post (OSBP) at Beitbridge, welcomed the establishment of a Joint Technical Committee whose mandate, among other things, will be to develop the necessary legal framework for the project.
Both presidents re-affirmed the strategic importance of the OSBP and directed the relevant ministers to fast-track its operationalisation.
Pertaining to peace in southern Africa as a whole, both leaders re-affirmed their commitment to working together in pursuit of sustainable peace, stability and economic development of the region.
Although there are many other areas ministers from both republics have been tasked to work on, it is important to note that agreements on co-operation in the fields of Energy, Environment, Information Communications Technology as well as Sports and Recreation were signed during the Bi-National Commission.
President Mugabe made it clear in Pretoria that more still needs to be done to reinforce the foundations of Zimbabwe and South Africa’s strategic partnership.
He said the strategic partnership was the instrument for achieving the profound transformation of both the economies of Zimbabwe and South Africa.
It is therefore important, he said, to join hands and promote cross-border investments, facilitate joint ventures and other linkages between the public and private entities of Zimbabwe and South Africa.
So, as Zimbabwe and South Africa forge ahead as one through various joint ventures, it is important for peoples of both countries to unite, knowing we are one family with a common history, not only cemented by geography and culture, but by blood.
Yes, Zimbabwe and South Africa have been allies since time immemorial.


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