An Analysis of the Role and Regulation of Zimbabwean Cross-Border Traders

  • Pamhidzai Hlezekhaya BamuEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies of Sustainable Business in Africa book series (PSSBA)


This chapter considers the evolution of the role of Zimbabwean cross-border traders against a backdrop of the development of the informal economy, whose significance in Zimbabwe has increased since the colonial era. It highlights the changes in the demographics of traders, the nature of goods traded and the countries in which cross-border traders operate. Importantly, it highlights the significance of cross-border trade in providing access to outside markets for local producers in other countries, matching supply and demand across borders, and promoting food security. The chapter demonstrates that despite their significant socio-economic role, the position of cross-border traders in Zimbabwean law is at best ambivalent.


Zimbabwean cross-border traders Law Regulation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Development and Labour LawUniversity of Cape TownCape TownSouth Africa

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