Zimbabwe commemorates its 42nd Independence Day today.
The Diplomatic Informer Magazine SA wishes to congratulate the people of Zimbabwe on the 42nd anniversary of the nation’s independence.
Formerly known as Rhodesia, the southern African country gained independence as Zimbabwe on April 18, 1980 from Britain.
South Africa and Zimbabwe, besides their geographic proximity, have a common and long history of regional affiliation and cultural ties. The people of Zimbabwe have played an important historical role in support of the liberation struggle in South Africa against the system of apartheid.
South Africa and Zimbabwe established official diplomatic ties in 1980 when Zimbabwe gained its independence. However, during the period 1980 to 1994, South Africa maintained unofficial relations with Zimbabwe through its Trade Office in Harare.
In 1994, the bilateral relations between South Africa and Zimbabwe were normalised, with the establishment of full diplomatic relations with effect from 29 April 1994. The normalisation of relations were illustrated by numerous visits back and forth by the Presidents and Ministers of the two countries.
Zimbabwe occupies some 390,757 sq. km in south central Africa between the Limpopo and Zambezi rivers. The landlocked country is bound by Mozambique to the east, Zambia to the north and north-west, South Africa to the south, and to the south-west by Botswana. It lies wholly within the tropics and is part of the great plateau which traverses Africa.
Zimbabwe has a cosmopolitan population of 14, 8 million (2020). English is the official and business language. Shona and Ndebele are widely spoken local languages. About 38.4 percent of the population lives in urban areas. The majority resides in Harare and the nearby town of Chitungwiza, (which mainly accommodates industrial workers), and in Bulawayo.
We wish the Government and the people of Zimbabwe continued unity, peace, prosperity and success in the years ahead.
“Happy Independence Day Zimbabwe.