Since Zimbabwe gained its independence in 1980, the economy has been seriously weakened by successive government policies. Most Zimbabweans continue to participate in the economy as unskilled, casual, seasonal, contract and unpaid domestic and agricultural labour. The Economic Structural Adjustment Programme (ESAP) introduced in 1991 has negatively affected lifestyles particularly of the black working classes, and fuelled the anger and despair of black people. The articulation of these economic problems, as curable by ‘indigenisation’ and ‘the empowerment of blacks’, has been dominated by the black,male, self-employed business lobby, although the sagas of ‘Willowgate’, the Land Tenancy Scheme, the War Victims’

The group clearly recognised that public economic and social policy needed to be systematically sensitised to the special requirements of historically disadvantaged groups, so that they could both defend the little they had, and meaningfully expand their stake in the economy…2

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