The post independance "skills crisis" and transformation in Zimbabwe
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When Zimbabwe became independent in April 1980, among the new government ministries that were immediately created was Manpower Planning and Development. Some months later,during a major press interview, spokesmen indicated that one of the main objectives of the Ministry would -be 'to develop throughout the nation a high level of self-reliance in technological skill and trained manpower so as to advance the overall national objective of attaining genuine economic independence and progressive social development’ (The Herald. 19 Dec.1980).