says almost a half of remaining Zimbabweans (5,1m of 11m) will be dependent on international food donations by year-end. Currently, more than 80% of them are also unemployed. The long-term solution, according to the UN and others, would be to restore the country’s agricultural industry to its former glory as soon as possible. BEELD said when Thabo Mbeki was urging a settlement in Zimbabwe, he was well aware of the rebuilding process and the important role agriculture would have to play in it. That’s why SA plans to help Zimbabwe from as early as the current season by supplying the necessary equipment, fertiliser, seed and advice. Ways must be found to explore skilled emergency management to produce food for basic survival, the paper said.