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Breakfree Newsletter - January 2007
Zimbabwe Coalition on Debt and Development (ZIMCODD)
January, 2007

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As we begin 2007 it is important for us to ensure that as a nation we learn from our past mistakes so that we make the future brighter. However, it seems our economic and political strategists do not get this point at all. No wonder they continue to sing the privatisation song despite the increasing HIV/Aids death toll, number of school dropouts, retrenchments and poor sanitation, to name a few verifiable indicators of the impact of privatisation.

In this issue we take a look at the impact of privatisation on health, transport and social service delivery. The testimonies published hereunder were captured in Bulawayo at the launch of ZIMCODD’s report on the findings of a desk study entitled "An Analysis of the Objectives and Effects of Privatisation on the Public Sector and the role of the State in Zimbabwe" in November 2006. The study formed the first phase of a regional project commissioned by the Southern Africa People’s Solidarity Network (SAPSN) in five other Southern Africa countries. The report argues that the privatisation process in Zimbabwe has deepened the humanitarian crisis. It recommends a reversal of privatisation of services and the readopting of the welfarist state, genuine indigenous economic empowerment, and a transparent regulatory framework for economic development.

In light of the foregoing we take interest in the current wave of privatisation under which social services are being ‘commercialised’. In this issue the Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA) which is taking over the water and sewer reticulation system from towns and cities takes center stage.

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