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Zimbabwe: Foreigners must close shops by Jan 1

2013-11-23 19:40

Harare - Zimbabwean authorities say they have given foreign shop-owners - mostly Chinese and Nigerian nationals - an ultimatum to shut down their businesses by 1 January.

A top official of the black empowerment ministry said only Zimbabweans had the right to run shops that have sprung up across the country and are termed foreign businesses targeted under the nation's black empowerment laws, the state-controlled Herald newspaper reported Friday.

Those laws, passed in 2007, demand foreign businesses to cede 51% control to local blacks.

The foreign shop owners have been criticized for taking retail trade opportunities from Zimbabwean traders by selling cheap imports.

Poor townships and city flea markets have in recent years been inundated by shops run by foreigners.

According to state media, shop owners who fail to comply will be arrested.

Comments
  • Bernard Ngwira - 2013-11-23 19:56

    Why Bob? Just tax them, .

      Duncan Phopi - 2013-11-24 13:57

      A leader who safeguard the interest of his own people. An inspiration in africa.

      Vark Nek - 2013-11-24 16:09

      @Duncan Phopi: Okay, lets play fair. Will all Zimbabweans in South Africa who have opened businesses or who are working in the formal and informal sectors please go back to your country by 1 January 2013. Satisfied Duncan?

      Bertram Dusan - 2013-11-24 16:53

      Old Mugabi runs a shop..

      Alexander Pavlov - 2013-11-24 20:52

      Does anybody find similarities with Uganda/Idi Amin back in the 70`s? Seems the worst is yet to come to Zim....

      Japie JJ du Toit - 2013-11-25 06:55

      Duncan - you are missing the point here - if the foreign - whom have business sense are force out - who and where will the local get stock - to trade - question why should the world buy Zim commodities?

      Mc Apple - 2013-11-25 07:59

      @Duncan Phopi: South Africans should take note. When there is no more whites to keep this government “sort of honest” and the whites can’t be blamed anymore the same will happen. After that the Zulus will turn on the Xhosas and so on. This all so that the few privileged can keep an iron grip on power. The same old African story again and again.

      Ryan Alexander Smith - 2013-11-25 10:33

      Duncan has an IQ of about 20

      KevanFoxcroft - 2013-11-25 11:08

      You fail to see the FINE print.. Those laws, passed in 2007, demand foreign businesses to cede 51% control to local blacks. Everything that someone else has made a success of , must now be given over to those who have done nothing for themselves, sound like Afirmative Action to anyone? It would be wrong for anyone to get ahead in Zim/ Live by the ANC maxmim. "What is mine is mine and what is yours, is also mine"

      Renoster van Tonder - 2013-11-25 11:11

      There is absolutely no historic evidence that bob's strategy has any benefit to anybody except himself and his thugs. History (which is hard fact) tells grim tales if these kinds of situations. Starvation, obscene poverty, suffering, etc... The international courts should prosecute Bob for crimes against humanity.

      Steve Maynard - 2013-11-25 13:31

      @Vark. Even 1st January 2014.

      Henri HS Liebenberg - 2013-11-25 15:27

      The man is hell bent on decimating Zimbabwe - Kick the bucket Bob, please kick the bucket.

      Johnson Chisala Maipambe - 2013-11-25 16:12

      Don't worry man, Mugabe has the bad lucky of thinking

      Sanushin Pillay - 2013-11-25 16:35

      Mc Apple - You think the white government was "sort of honest"???? Ignorance must be bliss my friend.

      Melan Beko - 2013-11-26 07:41

      It's not about taxing its about giving things to the poor and restless. It seems that these people cannot understand the concept of creating your own wealth through hard work because we keep saying it and they go on and on and on about inequality and bla bla bla bla. Does the word entrepeneurship even exist in the African language or is it one of those "foreign" concepts that the "colonials" created to "opress" the people?

      Grimble Grumble - 2013-11-26 07:51

      Who owns the commercial property that receives rent from these foreign businesses? They must be very worried as their buildings will now stand empty. So the knock on or ripple effect to the economy is not simply the business owners.

      Graziella Uncensored - 2013-11-26 08:57

      "After that the Zulus will turn on the Xhosas and so on. This all so that the few privileged can keep an iron grip on power. The same old African story again and again." People like you never tire of this nonsense. The scourge of tribalism was defeated in SA in 1912 when the ANC was formed. Considering the geographic size of Europe compared to Africa. I wouldn't be far off in concluding that Europe was far more tribalist than Africa and all the tribalist wars of Europe which have raged for over 800 years up until the early 2000s have no match in the world. Stop talking out of your arse!

      Alan Minnaar - 2013-11-26 09:02

      Duncan Phopol- If it was not for foreigners, Mugabe would not have his Mercedes Benz, his roads, airplanes, Armani suits, Hag Heuer watches, etc etc. He took the farms away from the white people who were producing food for his people, now they are starving and have to import food as the people who took over the farms killed all the animals, and destroyed all the farms. The economy has gone to hell, now he wants to get the foreigners who are still making a little bit of money to get out. How is he going to make money? Oh ja, btw if he hates foreigners so much why does he not get medical help in his own country? Why does he have to go overseas? His wife goes shopping in London, New York etc. But he hates the whites. Catch a wake up!!!!!!

      Graziella Uncensored - 2013-11-26 09:29

      "If it was not for foreigners, Mugabe would not have his Mercedes Benz, his roads, airplanes, Armani suits, Hag Heuer watches, etc etc" Another nonsensical stupid post. Nations and cultures have always traded or bartered with one another, and it's even more pathetic if you consider that most of the components of western products derive from outside the west, which means that these products wouldn't exist if foreign trade didn't exist. There is nothing special about the way trade is concluded today and the "foreigners" get paid for their trade.

      Mc Apple - 2013-11-26 09:40

      Graziella, you are so funny but in denial I'm afraid.

      Graziella Uncensored - 2013-11-26 10:10

      Mc Apple, you haven't refuted my post, which tells me that it is you who is suffering from cognitive dissonance. There are +-50 countries in Europe belonging to over 800 million people on a region covering about 10 million square kilometres or 2% of the Earth's surface and about 6.8% of its land area. Contrast this to Africa which is about 30.2 million km², and covers six percent of the Earth's total surface area and 20.4 percent of the total land area. Europe has fought more tribal wars with a lesser population over lesser land mass to have as many countries (tribes) as that of Africa. Proportionally there is much more tribal division in Europe than in all other continents of the world. Next time you decide to write your bigoted nonsense about Africans, consider these facts.

      Mc Apple - 2013-11-26 10:27

      This might come as a shock to you Graziella but the rules of 1600 is not the same as the rules of 2000. This notion of yours to draw comparisons based on one set of your rules is misleading and only highlights your own prejudice. In the 1600 was acceptable to buy black slaves from Arab slave trade or from Africans running the Atlantic slave trade. Today it is unacceptable and illegal. Different times, different rules, it is not rocket science.

      Graziella Uncensored - 2013-11-26 10:47

      In 2000, Europeans were still slaughtering each other because of tribalism, leading to the breaking up of Yugoslavia. The Scots and the Irish still want their own countries. The Greek and Turkish Cypriots, the Spanish Basques and Catalans still consider themselves as non Spanish and would break away given the power and the choice. These are just a few reasons off the top of my head to give you cause to consider your petulance... "This notion of yours to draw comparisons based on one set of your rules is misleading and only highlights your own prejudice." I've done no such think but highlighted your own stupidity and ignorance in trying to get cheap applause by commenting on historical factors you have no comprehension of.

      Mc Apple - 2013-11-26 11:20

      And today Africans still trade in humans. They believe in a small little man thing stealing children while hiding the real reason for children’s disappearances. Human body parts and organs are used as “medicine” and in some cultures the kidnaping of a young baby girl and subsequent rape is considered a marriage. Some believe the rape of a baby is a cure for AIDS. The sale of daughters for money or cattle under the guise of culture is a common practice although rooted in culture but perverted by greed. Just a few of my head and I know there are many more and this is not the 1600 or even the 1900’s. Glorious isn’t it and lekker local nê? Your “facts” and “comprehension” is very selective and only selective to your views. Very shortsighted. I’m tempted to ask, what do you really know of whites?

      Graziella Uncensored - 2013-11-26 11:34

      "And today Africans still trade in humans. They believe in a small little man thing stealing children while hiding the real reason for children’s disappearances." People all over the world believe in all sorts of crazy things and this is not limited only to Africans. I always find it funny when emotional wrecks come on this site, start an argument and then get utterly confused and go on a tangent. Your veering off-topic at such wild tangents shows a disturbing lack of ability to engage in rational thought.

      Jan Sadie - 2013-11-26 13:43

      Mc Apple 1 : 0 Graziella Uncensored

      Mc Apple - 2013-11-26 13:55

      "People all over the world believe in all sorts of crazy things" Lucky then we don't live there hey.

      Graziella Uncensored - 2013-11-26 16:28

      I don't think it's luck but a curse for you that you ended up on this continent. Poor you.

  • Anton Reece Nina - 2013-11-23 19:57

    Well done mugabe. Lets see how ur people feed

      Mc Apple - 2013-11-25 08:00

      One problem with that, hey "feed" here in South Africa.

      Fanie Viljoen - 2013-11-25 14:42

      Now they will stream further South to Zuma's meat pots.

      Kelu Lamont - 2013-11-26 10:33

      i fail to understand how someone from outside South Africa can be thought to be competitive and entrepreneurial if all they do is buy goods at Shoprite and markup the price by 10%?what is so entrepreneurial about that?and what value is it adding to the economy besides creating joblessness..because most of them employ their own brothers

  • Kolie Louw - 2013-11-23 19:57

    F*kk*n Moroon!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Fanie Viljoen - 2013-11-25 14:44

      I get his feeling though, in every town in SA you get illegals opening shops and not paying any taxes!

      Beverley Bedggood - 2013-11-26 06:04

      Really hope you mean MORON.

      Neville Watson - 2013-11-26 07:50

      Kolie's comment is in afrikaans. even the F*kken part.

  • Kolie Louw - 2013-11-23 19:59

    Wonder warom word een nasie vir so lank met so n mal leier gestraf. Kan hy nie maar net saggies heengaan nie.

      Theresia Kuppers - 2013-11-24 22:22

      moet niet saggies, maar 'hard' heengaan

      JohnnyBetter - 2013-11-25 12:46

      And the same shait is happening here. Here is worse, as these 'beings of superior intelligence' vote for Zoomer.

  • Bheki Dlamini - 2013-11-23 20:02

    How will these "lucky" beneficiaries manage to run these entities if they can't establish their own? It seems China is getting preferential treatment across Africa! Talk about double standards!

  • Haibo Mfondini - 2013-11-23 20:17

    By this logic, all Zimbabweans in foreign countries should go back to Zimbabwe in spite of diplomatic relations

      Colin Malan - 2013-11-24 21:58

      Haibo,, Even here we do not tolerate foreign shop owners . Whenever there is a protest or whatever then there is looting and plundering of foreigners shops. The difference, mad Bob has given a timeline , we don't..

  • Nuusman Ekke - 2013-11-23 20:31

    Mugabe kan jy dit nie ook in Zuma se kop inkry nie.

      drsparky - 2013-11-25 10:40

      Is jy in die bol gepik? A shop run in a country adds to the economy, employs people and stimulates growth. It does not matter if it is run by the prince of Nigeria... if that money stays in the country it is good for the country. Very good! Rather use tax and foreign exchange laws to avoid the money from leaving this country. The mentality to close the shop is so dumb and short sighted. It is beyond comprehension.

      Fanie Viljoen - 2013-11-25 14:47

      drsparky, dit is die punt, die geld bly nie hier nie, dit is informele handelaars wat nie belasting betaal nie wat uitgegooi gaan word. die ouens betaal nie belasting nie, dis hoekokm Bob hulle chuck!

      Bruno Rech - 2013-11-25 15:37

      Actually fannie u have an point. But the fact of the matter is that zimbabwe has no industry. And these foreign informal shops provide goods that would not be available in the country if they where not imported. Don't miss understand me I am very much against Chinese imports in south africa where we HAVE AN functional local industry e.g " textile" which provides local jobs. but in an country like zimbabwe where u can't even buy clothes unless its from some local chinese guy then kicking those people out are an problem especially for the poor. In the long run they can increase import tariffs" which is easy to monitor and implement" to allow local businesses to compete.

  • Dan Gleebits - 2013-11-23 20:51

    The Zimbabwe/Mugabe death-dive continues. Come on Bob - get rid if that evil foreign $US and bring back the almighty $ZIM! True indiginisation will not be complete until you do (and the final, inevitable and total collapse has followed).

      Beastley - 2013-11-25 10:29

      @ Dan - Trying to get that point across falls on the deaf, blind, dumb, stupid, idiotic, one eyed, blinkered, brain washed morons that buy into this utter nonsense. The sheer hypocrisy of using the $ while forcing out foreign shop owners, or denouncing "Colonialists" but using the cars made in these lands, the knoweldge that came from them is staggering. The blind cannot see, no matter how much you try tell them what things look like, And in this case the pitiful morons will suffer, until they die, blaming everyone around them for their suffering, but will suffer none the less. They will suffer because they cannot think for themselves and Mugabe happily lets them continue. Not much different form anyone who votes for the ANC or the EFF... You must have to be a moron to continue to let someone else steal your future.

  • Jesuscross83 - 2013-11-23 20:56

    Thought zimbabweans are hardworking, its like they are just as lazy as south Africans. U took the lands, mines and farm and you are still poor. Now u want shops built by Chinese and Nigerians. Entitlement syndrome has killed Africans

      Mc Apple - 2013-11-25 08:13

      It is proudly African thing to do, to die on a heap of diamonds or on a bed of gold of hunger for the leader they voted for. They must not cry. They must go back to the land of milk and honey as they have voted for it.

      Beastley - 2013-11-25 10:31

      I want, I want, I want, I want, I want ..... "What do you want it for?" I dont know - because it looks pretty. "What will you do with it?" Nothing

  • John Butler - 2013-11-23 21:21

    Whats really funny about this story is that the foreign businesses are only able to thrive if they have customers. So if the Zimbos have such a problem with foreign businesses why do they support them?

  • Julian Curtiss - 2013-11-23 21:49

    His Chinese paymasters won't be happy!

      Mc Apple - 2013-11-25 08:07

      lol You think the Chinese gives a hoot about its own workers?

  • Imani Azania - 2013-11-23 22:08

    The only solution is total distruction..awee!!

      Piet Pompies - 2013-11-25 10:39

      I think you are destroyed already...

  • Altus Kirsten - 2013-11-23 22:57

    Merry Christmas Zimbabwe...you just open a 'starvation' present. Enjoy eating your own dust!

      Mc Apple - 2013-11-25 08:07

      They have been starving for the last year.

  • fred.amanaha - 2013-11-23 23:04

    This dude (Mugabe)is sick and must be attended to before it gets worse than it is, but again They voted for him they must enjoy him, please lock up our borders no more zimbos needed here we have had enough of them.

      Katlego Kopi - 2013-11-24 09:20

      No Chief Zimbo's are welcomed in South Africa. Its home to other Africans and we have adopted Europeans & Chinese. Why must Africans suffer or be refused movement in Africa.

      Omnivore - 2013-11-25 10:31

      @ Katlego -- that is a question for Mugabe.

      Beastley - 2013-11-25 10:33

      @ Katlego - Its degrees of various suffering , here or there. The no good, useless ANC will ensure that continues.

  • fred.amanaha - 2013-11-23 23:07

    @Katlego you must be on some drugs, which is better someone who has a business that creates job or someone who comes in and contributes nothing to our economy like zimbos and fight for the little jobs available and they get it because they are cheap labour???

      Katlego Kopi - 2013-11-24 09:18

      Your brain is skewed Fred. Do you think shops owned by foreigners in townships create jobs for locals. I said it and I will say it again, you are clueless about the life's of Africans in townships. You in the dark.

      Lehlogonolo Ramadisa - 2013-11-25 09:26

      @AMANAMA those zimbos are our brothers,and no foreign shops employs our brothers,so let them come to their brother's house for tea and bread.

  • Del Pearson - 2013-11-23 23:32

    And he goes shopping in Hong Kong. Disgraceful state of affairs.

  • Boiketlo Pienaar - 2013-11-23 23:46

    Is there any foreigner trading in zimbabwe? I thought no people run businesses there including locals.

      Dias D KaSdambe - 2013-11-24 08:49

      Why not, it's a normal country just like SA!

      Tersia Louw - 2013-11-25 12:45

      Dias, this is not a definition of "a normal country" with which I'm familiar. Also, not like SA; not right now any way.

      Bruno Rech - 2013-11-25 15:20

      Ha ha ha dias!!! Somalia is also an normal country. -_- . U set the bar for stupid..

  • Batlile Malik Ramasodi - 2013-11-23 23:56

    To me that's xenophobic, maybe we should say the same thing here in south africa

      Mc Apple - 2013-11-25 08:09

      Yeah that's funny. I'm sure the Zimbabweans here would love that.

  • Fred Haftendorn - 2013-11-23 23:57

    Show me where a country in Africa has been successful when run by idiots like bob and zooma.... u wont find it.... Anybody who is deluded enough to think that either of them will create/maintain a successful economy needs to get a brain. They are and have been in the process of systematically regressing back to living in mud huts coz thats all that will be left of the economy once all the industry has been scared away..... viva back to the bush viva....

  • Fred Haftendorn - 2013-11-24 00:03

    And of course if that idiot malema comes into any sort of power old bob is gonna be his role model.... sheesh sa is gonna be in good hands then.... AND for the deluded few.... things will not be getting better in sa in the near future... the cANCer is not going anywhere soon and u will start seeing more and more of what we are experiencing now.... time to get out and move on....

      Frans Rabalao - 2013-11-24 04:49

      U r happy in south africa black people suffering n white people own everything . Think again . We need equality . Balance between whites n blacks no monopoly .

      Koos Delusions - 2013-11-24 12:15

      "...black people suffering n white people own everything..." How odd?. Ask any vehicle dealership, realty agency, etc. the race of their biggest clientele...

      Jan Grimbeek - 2013-11-24 15:39

      @ Frans, then the blacks need to start working so that the workload could be distributed even balanced as well.

      Jacky Boswell - 2013-11-25 06:41

      @ Frans, how odd, please show me everything I own? I have no car, no medical aid, no house. What I do have: R25000 eskom bill, R6000 loan (for food to feed my family) and my own two hands that I use every day to work... and for what? So that I can still not afford to "own everything" only survive! Please wake up! I have worked my whole life and "own" nothing! I had a car, it was stolen, I had a house, it was repossed because we could no longer afford it, I had all these things, who has them now???????????

      drsparky - 2013-11-25 10:42

      Ok, Frans. I hear you. Please answer me this: HOW do YOU propose we proceed?

      Heinrich Etsebeth - 2013-11-25 12:12

      We proceed by electing a government that instead of steeling us dry provides proper free world class education to everyone regardless of race, colour or creed as specified in our beloved constitution

      Brutus Roy - 2013-11-25 12:55

      Yes Frans, you are 100% correct. Start working for it, if you have an inferior brain and cannot, don't make your problem mine, I have enough problems having to pay my people wages.

      Shisa Lungu - 2013-11-26 12:35

      @Jan. Give blacks cheap white labour for twenty years as your fore fathers got and see how long it will take them to be wealthy as you are. Level the playing field don't just talk bull

      Nadia Graf - 2013-11-26 17:08

      Shisa Lunga and who is going to tell the cheap whites how and what to do .... the cheap "blacks " at least had someone who had something between their ears (other than acres of virgin space) giving instruction! At the end of the day education is the only thing that is going to make a difference.

  • Hlabiwa Letlhaka - 2013-11-24 00:20

    South Africa?

  • Bruno Rech - 2013-11-24 01:05

    Thank you magabe for giving us south africans cheap slave labour.. U have enslaved your own people for us.

      gerasimos - 2013-11-24 15:38

      Spot on Bruno. Bob and his band of fools so desperate to prove themselves capable only set themselves up for a fall and its end will be a begging bowl of slavery.

  • Colin Traumatizer Zungu - 2013-11-24 03:17

    Good decision by Mugabe.Chase the people who sell cheap fake imports.It's time something is done.Well done Zim.If you don't like it then go hand or go home where you came from.

      Mhaka Khoza - 2013-11-24 07:36

      You sir, have one of the freshest brains around (it has never been used)

      Koos Delusions - 2013-11-24 12:21

      Logic 101: 1) Destroy the economy, including manufacturing capability. 2) Then ban (or cry foul) the importing of manufactured goods. 3) When importing these goods, ban the trading thereof. Copyright: Colin Zungu

      Jonathan Woods - 2013-11-24 13:29

      Colin & Eff Boer. If Africans were capable, intelligent and hard working there would not have been a place for these foreigners to open business. Now Mad bob wants to simply take what they have created. But here is the real kicker. When these business are taken and given to local Zimbos, who the hell is going to run them as the locals have already proven that they are incapable. Yes they might last a month or two, but then they will simply collapse. And then Colin , who will be traumatized? That's right YOU!

  • Nkosingiphile Cofu - 2013-11-24 05:53

    I admire Zimbabwe for being bold and taking decisions countries like SA are scared to take. We should have done the same long time ago. Long live Mugabe!

      Mhaka Khoza - 2013-11-24 07:33

      You sir, are a box...

      Thukhe Ndlovu Farmer - 2013-11-24 08:03

      Con, and u sound like an awb fanatic!

      The Jaguar - 2013-11-24 13:10

      you do realise that when they say foreigners, they are Nigerians and Somalis. So are you also advocating that we kick out our foreign African brothers as well. I wonder once all the foreigners and "whites" are gone, who will we turn to.

      Paris Ioannou - 2013-11-25 10:37

      You need matric to comment on this page.. I cant wait until you guys eat sand... il be laughing so hard and when you come up to beg il tell you foooooootsek

      drsparky - 2013-11-25 10:46

      You sound brain damaged. Were you born that way?

      Brutus Roy - 2013-11-25 12:57

      So go live there, or are you scared you die of hunger. Much better here in South Africa where the white man gives you everything.

      Boaz Yarmarkov - 2013-11-26 08:52

      Thukhe Ndlovu is correct. There is no difference between the AWB and the EFF... Both are NAZI like racist political parties who cause destruction in every country they control; from Venezuela to Zimbabwe, Cambodia to North Korea: Sadly, South Africa does not want to learn from others past mistakes. It’s very sad that human beings refuse to learn from history. Many don’t know that Hitler came to power democratically, a few years later 20 million were dead and Europe was in ashes while Hitler’s corpse (suicide) was found in an underground bunker in Berlin. I’m starting to wonder why Zuma wanted a 20million Rand bunker in his new house… Both the AWB and EFF should be banned. Mad Bob should be sitting in jail in the Hague for the murder of tens of thousands of his own people. Many Black South African have the mentality of ‘cut nose / spite face’. Rather then make South Africa into the real rainbow nation, if they just put race aside and voted with their brains and not with their (acceptable) anger (of our past) Democracy in Africa is rare – South Africans should respect & protect this gift rather then look for ways to destroy it. I have yet to see an African leader who has not let wealth and power get in his head – its not the leaders fault (he/she is just human) – it’s the electorate who refuse to vote out (punish) the corrupt officials.

  • Prince EA - 2013-11-24 06:17

    President Robert Mugabe spent last weekend shopping for high-end suits and shoes in Hong Kong, where he owns a house and his daughter attends university. And this same man is asking all foreign own shops to close down. This man is a hypocrite.

      Thukhe Ndlovu Farmer - 2013-11-24 07:59

      No he is realy not. Owning a shop and shopping are two very different things. I dont thnk he bans them for shopping in Zimbabwe.

      Tevin Li - 2013-11-24 08:37

      Thukhe isn't he owning land. Why doesn't he sell all the land he owns in other countries and help his people. Oh yes I forgot. All animals are equal but some are more equal than others #hypocrisy

      Tony van Niekerk - 2013-11-24 23:00

      Thuke, Bob needs to give 51% of his house in Hong Kong to the locals in Hong Kong, then he needs to start going to the same hospitals as his poor countrymen, instead of flying all the way to the East on their tax money.

  • Vincent VinSaint - 2013-11-24 06:50

    Ask Uganda what happened to them when that mampara(Idi Amin) did the same??? I'm proud to be S.African

  • Sanele AkaNathinyc Molula - 2013-11-24 07:04

    Hope those ppl won't then come to flood the republic of SA, and uncle Rob too must make a plan to get his ppl out of our beautiful SA.

  • Paulson Meziri - 2013-11-24 07:56

    Zim's in S.A must by Jan. 1st leave S.A & go back to their hunger zone. This people are so envy & selfish.

  • Cecilia Van der Westhuizen - 2013-11-24 08:22

    Nice one Bob... Are you going to fund the new owners of the shops to start their own thing? I don't think so... That shops wil be empty and useles just like the farms.

  • Peter Van Zyl - 2013-11-24 08:22

    Get ready for another flood of Zimbos to our country. How bloody "BRAIN LACKING" are these so called "liberation government" movements that introduce the communist creed of " CENTRAL GOVERNMENT CONTROL OVER THE POPULATION! THE LESS BUSINESSES THAT OPERATE THE MORE CONTROL YOU HAVE OVER THE POPULATION. THE STATE DETERMINES WHO AND WHAT BUSINESS CAN OPERATE"! We in S A are heading EXACTLY the same way. Watch this spsce in 10 years from now!!!

  • Sprinkles Venter - 2013-11-24 08:43

    They should start the same move in SA......good move!

  • Lwazi Kekana - 2013-11-24 08:55

    Can we also have that law in south africa.......

      Mike Bundy - 2013-11-24 19:50

      Don't forget how many millions are supported by foreign investment here...

  • Lebeoana Thabana - 2013-11-24 08:58

    though I am uncle Bob's fan ths is 1 of the worst ideas I have evr heard.....pliz uncle Bob cud u pliz thnk ths over

      Tersia Louw - 2013-11-25 15:23

      Why should he think it over? He doesn't consult and then decide; he issues decrees. And we're on the same path.

  • Lebeoana Thabana - 2013-11-24 08:59

    though I am uncle Bob's fan ths is 1 of the worst ideas I have evr heard.....pliz uncle Bob cud u pliz thnk ths over

      gerasimos - 2013-11-24 15:43

      Hahahahah you are a fan of Bob? Maybe now the lights have come on and the scales have dropped from your eyes. EVERYTHING Bob has done has been the worst idea ever you just didn't see it!

  • Carolyn Elgin Sims-Handcock - 2013-11-24 09:05

    Not good to piss off the Chinese, Mugabe - just saying - you may need them to hold up your economy in future times

  • Emmanuel KaMageba Zitha - 2013-11-24 09:17

    Maybe south africa should also consider doing so aswel!our cities are now owned by foreign people,u find their shops almost 5times per street!....for example PMB and DBN

      MallyGold - 2013-11-24 11:09

      It's because you failed to open up shop yourselves, leaving a gap in the market for a good entrepreneur. That is free enterprise Emmanuel.

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-11-24 10:06

    In the meantime some foreign countries are wondering if they should give Mugabe the aid he wants. I hope they think twice.

  • Nndivhaleni Costa-Vito Mutsharini - 2013-11-24 10:06

    something we should consider. Our local shop owners are suffering because of them.

      Tersia Louw - 2013-11-25 15:24

      Xenophobic, much, Nndivhaleni?

  • Solly Vander Tema - 2013-11-24 10:20

    This is what needs 2b done in our country more especially zimbabweans

  • Aldo Small - 2013-11-24 10:31

    Well done dumb ass Mugabe are you gonna ask all zimbabweans to come back to your cage , I think you should start with south Africa as we probably have 80% of your nationals here.

  • Joel Mabeke - 2013-11-24 10:36

    Is Mugabe xenophobic ,no i dont think so he is merely protecting his people.when we chase foreigners out of our townships you say we are xenophopic.where is PASSOP ? This is the time for PASSOP to show what really are they standing for.i like to see all those who are saying we are xenophobic going to zimbabwe and protest as they usually do here in south africa.

  • Aldo Small - 2013-11-24 10:53

    Well done bra robert, you dumb arse. Are you calling all of your nationals back into your cage as well...they are in many countries living off those tax payers...feel free to start in south africa as im sure there is about 80% of them residing here...causing the poor to need to fight for limited resources at thier disposal. But jz calla it zenaphobia!!

  • Abraham Leki Mokome - 2013-11-24 11:08

    This should become the continent's Investment Portfolio strategy. If china, europe, america or whoever wants to mine in Africa or what ever interests them then we as a continent must own controlling votes. This will end the poverty that is evident across the continent.

  • Rudzani Collen Ngobeni - 2013-11-24 11:12

    Come on bob, we need each ada in this world, no wander y zims r cheap labours dyr also cheap-upstairs,

  • Thulasizwe Khumalo - 2013-11-24 11:12

    Yea , Mugabe is protecting his people and his country. South Africans , should do the same. All the Zimbabeans must go back to Zimbabwe. They are all over SA , using lost South African ID's to defraud us.

      Rudzani Collen Ngobeni - 2013-11-24 11:17

      Ur ryt dah, if u can take a look around jhb streets more especialy around nord, its dem n we dnt have a problem wt it, bt look at wat der leaders says "foreigners" rnt dy foreignes too? Bob dsnt think

      The Jaguar - 2013-11-24 13:16

      at the same time, we preach African unity and the unification of Africa blah blah,on the other hand we want African immigrants to get out of country. We South Africans are a naive bunch

      Tersia Louw - 2013-11-25 15:28

      Thulasizwe - your xenophobia is immeasurable; and no, that's not a compliment. Rudzani - think long and hard about your writing and comprehension skills; THAT'S why foreigners flourish and you, instead of getting up off your backside and actually doing something, whinge. The Jaguar - not so much naïve as utterly two-faced and hypocritical.

  • Marius Gildenhuys - 2013-11-24 11:26

    If these people didn't have the ambition, will, guts etc to start these shops there would be no shops to take in the first place, dickhead. I think China should demand that Bob should use their aid money to compensate the Chinese whose shops he's taken ha ha!

  • Buttonmenzi Menzi - 2013-11-24 11:30

    Its good to see Mugabe trying everything to revive the ailing economy of his country, the two nationals chines and nigerians are good for nothing even in our country SA. However, that is a huge risk any country can take because the law will forbid any outsider to run a business in the country and that makes them isolated among other nations.but I guess it a high time he need to act regardless of any circumstance

      Buttonmenzi Menzi - 2013-11-24 13:20

      Marx what exactly I you telling me? My comment got nothing to do with race, I mentioned nationals who're known for bogus businesses they're highlighted in the column that I just read

  • Phineas Moeti Matlala - 2013-11-24 11:35

    They must come to south Africa in January and take all zimbabweans that are in SA,i smell xenophobia,we've been complaining about too many zimbabweans,this is a perfect opportunity to get rid of them once and for all

  • Joel Mabeke - 2013-11-24 11:46

    zimbabweans must go , why are they still here anyway because they voted for this earlier this year.To all the zimbabweans who are still in south africa please go back home we are voting next year,its our election time and so we dont need beggars.

      Cleopas Nkala Maphosa - 2013-11-24 17:55

      Unfortunately We are going no where only God wll take us home and hillbrow is our city.

  • Joel Mabeke - 2013-11-24 11:50

    zimbabweans please go home because you are good in influencing vote rigging, we want a free a fair election next year.we also know that you master the art of land grabbing and farm attacks.