Zimbabwean Indigenization Minister Saviour Kasukuwere’s assertion that a sovereign wealth fund created from stakes ceded by foreign-owned companies is worth $4 billion was questioned by economists who said the announcement may be aimed at securing votes ahead of elections.
Zimbabwe may cancel business licenses held by foreign-owned companies if they don’t comply with a requirement to cede 51 percent ownership to black Zimbabweans, Empowerment Minister Saviour Kasukuwere said.
Impala Platinum Holdings Ltd.’s Zimbabwean unit, known as Zimplats, has failed to meet new laws on asset ownership and may have its mining license revoked, according to Indigenization Minister Saviour Kasukuwere.
While Zimbabwe and Zambia squabble over fishing rights in the world’s biggest dam, an invasion of Australian crayfish and Nile tilapia is threatening to wreak havoc with Lake Kariba’s indigenous species.
Zimbabwe, which is compelling foreign-owned companies to cede control of their businesses to black citizens of the country, plans to establish a sovereign wealth fund that will hold stakes in mining companies.
Zimbabwean Indigenization Minister Saviour Kasukuwere said he will meet Barclays Africa Chief Executive Officer Kennedy Bungane about plans by the lender’s local unit to sell a majority stake to black citizens by June.
Mimosa Mining, a Zimbabwean joint venture between Aquarius Platinum Ltd. and Impala Platinum Holdings Ltd., transferred a 10 percent stake to the community, said Saviour Kasukuwere, the empowerment minister.