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South Africa: Residence permits or Zimbabweans

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Encouraging news this week regarding immigration in South Africa.

Almost a decade into the Zimbabwean crisis, South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs is introducing a permit that could regularize the status of thousands of undocumented migrants and put an end to mass deportations as a first step to a long-awaited new policy on a thorny issue.

…The permit will grant thousands of Zimbabweans the right to live and work in South Africa, and access healthcare and education for an initial period of at least six months. The mass deportation of undocumented migrants may be halted.

Globally, immigration is one of the hardest policy items to manage. Action is long overdue in South Africa regarding the influx of Zimbabweans, but this policy response is nevertheless and encouraging sign. What happens after South African elections and after the end of the “initial period of at least six months” is yet to be known. Here’s hoping for a continuation of inclusive policies.

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Written by Niall

April 12, 2009 at 10:25 am

Goodbye Zim Dollar?

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Is Randisation on the table in Zimbabwe?

The authors are correct in pointing out the weakness of any proposal that cliams that a currency board is appropriate for Zimbabwe. The political rigidities required under a currency board would only distract the country in a time when political restraint need to be placed elsewhere.

Written by Niall

March 1, 2009 at 6:33 pm

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Inclusive [groan!] government

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You can almost envision Robert Mugabe rolling his eyes when he said:

Let’s not mourn over the inclusive government, let’s accept it as it is. But this government is an interim government to stabilise the economy and end violence and conflict.

As if Zimbabweans should commend him for his sacrifice of partaking in a unity government

Written by Niall

March 1, 2009 at 10:10 am

New Gov’ment

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This weekend, we see the arrival of new governments in two of Africa’s most troubled countries, Somalia and Zimbabwe.

Which is more likely to succeed?

I put P(Somalia Government unifies the country) at .01 and P(Zimbabwe government remains unified) at .10.

Written by Niall

January 31, 2009 at 5:44 pm

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With or without you…well, actually without you

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President Mugabe has decided to push ahead his own government in a straight arm move toward Morgan Tsvangirai. While action is definitely needed, it’s not clear that talk of action will actually lead to a semblance of a workable government. It is shameful that the people of Zimbabwe are forced to suffer through this silliness at the same time as a massive economic crisis and historic-level inflation. Wihout including MDC in the government, it is hard to envision and end to the use of state-back violence for achieving political ends. The IHT makes this clear in an editorial today

Update: The WFP has made a tough decision that will, most likely, negatively affect the welfare of poor Zimbabweans. However, it is the decision they must make in order to hope for some responsibility into the Zim government.

Written by Niall

November 11, 2008 at 7:47 pm

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Go back to the polls?

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That’s what MDC is starting to arguing for in Zimbabwe.

The MDC has called for an extraordinary summit of all southern African leaders but is now openly talking about new elections.

The current talks are preportedly stalled by an agrument over cabinet members. In reality, the talks can’t go forward when neither side trusts the other side and the head mediator has lost all credibility with one side:

The MDC has never had much confidence in Mr Mbeki as mediator and one source said that following these proposals they had informed the former South African president that he could “go to hell”.

Given that talks are stalled, a new round of elections may very well happen. The resurrection of PF Zapu and its cesession from Zanu PF would make elections much more appealing to MDC. Could this be on the horizon? MDC is certainly holding firm.

Written by Niall

October 27, 2008 at 12:29 am

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Dialogue of the dead

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New talks are at the table in Swaziland.  Holding talks is better that the alternative where MDC capitulates to the strong arm moves of Mugabe. However, where will this lead if only one party takes these talks (and shared government) seriously.

At rallies over the weekend, Mr. Tsvangirai told his supporters that Mr. Mugabe was unbending, and described the talks as a “dialogue of the dead,” Reuters reported.

…one of Mr. Mugabe’s negotiators, Patrick Chinamasa, sought to play down how much influence the regional group had on the process. “They can’t impose anything on us, especially on such a small matter as the allocation of ministries”…

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October 20, 2008 at 12:04 am

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