Stop hiring Zimbabweans, Botswana farmers told

2015-04-29 13:26

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town – Botswana has reportedly barred local farmers from employing "cheap" Zimbabwean workers, saying farmers should pay farm workers well so that they can attract Batswana to work in their farms.

According to New some Botswana famers had pleaded with government to allow them to hire Zimbabweans to work in their fields, arguing that they were "effective" and that Batswana were not keen to work for locals.

But Home Affairs Minister Edwin Batshu rejected the request, saying government had reserved farm jobs for locals and did not issue permits to foreigners in that sector.

"What will happen if the Zimbabwe economy improves at the time when Batswana are relying on their cheap labour in their farms," Batshu was quoted as saying.

Another year of economic decline

This comes as News Day reported on Wednesday that Zimbabwe was losing skilled agriculture workers to South Africa and other neighbouring countries.

A Zimbabwe Statistical Agency (ZimStat) revealed that the lack of work opportunities in Zimbabwe and the need to increase income for the household were some of the major reasons for emigrating.

The revelation comes after a spate of xenophobic attacks which killed at least seven people in South Africa. South Africans accuse foreign nationals of taking local jobs by offering cheap labour.

Zimbabwe's economy is currently on its knees and according to the country’s central bank, over 4 000 workers lost their jobs in 2014. The Zimbabwe finance ministry said 4 600 companies closed down between 2011 and October 2014, resulting in 64 000 job losses.

Local economists have also warned that, unless something drastic happens, 2015 will be another year of economic decline in Zimbabwe, associated with the collapse of social institutions and a further reduction in the delivery of essential services to the population.

Read more on:    botswana  |  zimbabwe  |  sa  |  southern africa

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


How to open a beer bottle without an opener

Do the right thing and never be thirsty again…


You won't want to miss...

WATCH: Man films himself going down water slide upside down as things go very wrong…
WATCH: Conor McGregor: Notorious the trailer
Best date night restaurants in South Africa
WATCH: Ryan Reynolds offers fans a free tattoo in new Deadpool 2 teaser
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.