The turmoil in Zimbabwe has not come up in meetings with potential investors, who are more concerned about the long-term prospects for SA's economy, economic development minister Ebrahim Patel said on Wednesday. “Zimbabwe hasn't come up once,” Patel said on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum's annual meeting, under way in Davos, Switzerland. Potential investors were concerned, rather, about “governance, stability and where the growth story is going to be coming” from in SA, he said. The latest bout of turbulence in Zimbabwe, sparked by a more than 150% increase in fuel prices that left the impoverished country with the highest prices in the world, came on the eve of President Cyril Ramaphosa's leading a delegation to Davos with the express aim of selling the country as an investment destination. The crises in Zimbabwe have been blamed in the past for a worsening of investors’ perceptions of the whole region. “Of course, a stable and democratic Zimbabwe is good for the region,...

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