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Zimbabwe to lift South African ban on potato chips

Staff Writer | May 23, 2017
The Zimbabwean government says it will lift a ban on some imported products from South Africa, a year after it was first imposed.
Mike Bimha
Africa   Angry demonstrations by cross-border traders
The ban triggered angry demonstrations, some of them violent, by cross-border traders.

Industry Minister Mike Bimha says the ban, imposed last June, had achieved its purpose.

State media is reporting that the minister told a meeting of government officials and industry leaders the ban had cut the import bill and boosted local industry.

The ban on things like body lotion, potato crisps and building materials was opposed by many who survive on importing goods for resale.