Southern Africa News

(Vol. 1 No. 3)
by Southern Africa News Collective
Washington, DC, United States
September / October 1977
10 pages
Type: Newsletter
Coverage in Africa: Mozambique, Zimbabwe
Coverage outside Africa: United States, United Kingdom
Language: English
Contents: The Anglo-American Peace Plan Neo-Colonist Design for Zimbabwe • MEMBERS OF THE SOUTHERN AFRICA NEWS COLLECTIVE • Economic Structure • The State Machinery • Human Rights • CONCLUSION: • Position of the Patriotic Front • News Up-Date • $224,000 Raised by "O Povo Organizado" Benefits • Social Action: Why… • What to Do… • The newsletter says in September 1977, the United States and the British made public a series of proposals designed to achieve a negotiated settlement in "Rhodesia"; this document, “Rhodesia: Proposals for a Settlement” or the Anglo-American Peace Plan defines it objectives as an "independent Zimbabwe with majority rule in 1978." The newsletter says since the degree of independence from a colonial power is determined by the structure of economic and political institutions of the newly independent country, we were particularly concerned with the implications of the Anglo-American plans for the economic development of an "independent" Zimbabwe;  in our view, the Anglo-American plan pre-arranges a neo-colonial development scheme for Zimbabwean society by proposing economic and political policies which are capitalist rather than socialist. The newsletter says prices of commodities (such as essential foods, fabric, home building materials, nuts and bolts, farming tools, pots and pans) would increase at the expense peasants and workers who would be least able to afford these goods or absorb price hikes. The newsletter says the Patriotic Front, as the only representative of the people, has the right to establish development priorities for the economic and social reconstruction as well as the way in which they are to be accomplished.  The newsletter says Britain, the re-instated colonial power, will appoint a Resident-Commissioner with complete state power in Zimbabwe. The newsletter says along with the dismantling of the Patriotic Front forces come the possibility of the continued arming of paid western mercenaries and the Selous Scouts. The newsletter says the nation-wide benefit premieres of the film, "O POVO ORGANIZADO" produced by African-American filmmaker Robert Van Lierop for fund to construct a small hospital and maternity clinic in rural Mozambique raised a total of $2,188.42. The newsletter says the check for $42,188.42 was presented of President Samora Machel on October 3, 1977 while he was in New York to address the 32nd session of the U.N. General Assembly. The newsletter says medical supplies for Mozambique’s health facilities and boxes of clothing for Zimbabwean refugees in Mozambique were also given as concrete expressions of political and material support for the liberation of Zimbabwe. The newsletter discusses Ian Smith, a small Black middle class, British pounds, U.S. dollars, fascist emergency powers, political prisoners, Robert Mugabe, Joshua Nkomo, "A Luta Continua", Mozambican women, Frederick Douglass, and Valerie Maynard.
Used by permission of former members of Southern Africa Support Project.
Collection: Helen Hopps papers