Establishment of New Satellite Towns in Zimbabwe: Old Wine in New Skins?

Abstract

The widespread disenchantment (particularly acute in Africa) with the Western “development project” (McMichael 1996 in Arrighi 2002: 18) under the US hegemony, ushered in the new and growing economic dominance of China in East Asia and beyond. In response to a worsening indebtedness leading to Zimbabwe’s economic plunge (Bond and Manyanya 2002) and stagnation (Arrighi 2002), the Mugabe-led government adopted a look east foreign policy stance in order to draw foreign investment from Eastern countries to replenish the gap left by the West. The policy also came as response to sustained political and economic fall-out between the Western governments and the government of Zimbabwe over the chaotic implementation of the fast-track land resettlement programme (Moyo 2005). Ultimately, the government formulated a new economic blueprint code-named Zim-Asset (Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation) (Government of Zimbabwe 2013) intended to unlock potential inflows of investment into the country from China and South-East Asian countries.


CHAPTER OUTLINE

9.1. Introduction
9.2. Contextualising the National Urban Housing Policy Strategy
9.3. The Growth Points Policy in Zimbabwe
9.4. The Evolution of Chitungwiza
9.5. Policy, Politics and Housing in Zimbabwe
9.6. Conclusion and Recommendations
References

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