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Report on visit by SA businessmen to Zimbabwe

Report 12-11-1987

On the 4th November 1987, 5 South African businessmen came to Zimbabwe and met government officials.  I got the briefing from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.   The names of the group are:

In their discussions, the following points were discussed:

In Mozambique

That they bought MNR from Rhodesian government, from Mr Cornflower who created CIO under Smith regime and also created MNR.  That the main aim of MNR was to destabilize Mozambique but not to overthrow Frelimo government.  They even mentioned that at one time they realized that MNR is becoming dangerous and the eliminated some of the influential commanders.  That, before the government signed the Inkomati with Mozambique, they gave MNR supply for two years, and the leader of MNR agreed with President Banda to support MNR.  South Africa was to stop supplying MNR, that it was a mistake for Pretoria to continue supporting it.

Today they are giving Mozambique financial assistance to build the harbour so that they do not take their export to Durban or Cape Town because it is too far.

On the 30/10/87, I met Mr Arie De Zwan a South African businessman who is the General Manager of Southern Life Association Limited in Johannesburg.  I had a brief discussion with him.  Some of the points he told me are that the business community are thinking of forging close relationships with the Trade Unions.  The reason is that they want to avid the situation which now exists.  That workers see business people as enemy number one.  They are not enemies, the enemy is the apartheid regime.  Together with the workers they should form a powerful opposition against the regime.

To ask the Trade Unions to elect representatives who will be members of the board of directors, a policy-making body of the companies.

To give workers some shares in the companies.

They are also planning to refuse paying taxes to the government.

He told me that Mr Chapman will be coming to Zimbabwe soon.  He did not give me the date but he will call me after his arrival in Harare.

Yours in the "Year of Advance To People's Power"

Reddy Mazimba
Chief Representative.

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