SADC to assess Zim talks progress
Completion of Zimbabwe's draft constitution and other key developments in preparing for elections will come under scrutiny this week when the Southern African Development Community's executive secretary and his team visit Harare.
SouthAfrica's ambassador to Zimbabwe, Vusi Mavimbela, told state television there this week that Pretoria was impressed with the progress made in talks between the rival parties in the often-fractious power-sharing government.
The two factions of the Movement for Democratic Change have endorsed the draft constitution and President Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF is expected to make public its stance this week.
SADC executive secretary Tomaz Salomao will assess the situation tomorrow before briefing President Jacob Zuma's mediators.
His team is expected to visit Harare in the next two weeks, before Zuma presents his report to the SADC politics and defence meeting in Maputo on August 17.
"We have been holding meetings on Zimbabwe. We will be going there before the Maputo meeting," said Lindiwe Zulu, Zuma's special adviser.