- It was 40 years ago today that Zimbabwe got its independence from Great Britain
- Since then the country has had its share of trials and tribulations
- Social media users wish the country a happy 40th birthday and look forward to a bright future
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It was 40 years ago that Zimbabwe finally got its independence from Great Britain. People have taken to social media to wish the African country a happy 40th birthday.
A civil war had gripped Zimbabwe from 1964 - 1979, which eventually ended the rule of the white minority-led government of Ian Smith.
Robert Mugabe became Zimbabwe's 1st prime minister in 1980.
The Lancaster House Agreement of 1979 paved the way for Zimbabwe's independence, a year later after a transition period the country received its independence on the 18th of April 1980.
Before attaining independence, Zimbabwe was known by several names; Rhodesia, Southern Rhodesia and Zimbabwe Rhodesia.
Previously the country had been named after the Cecil Rhodes, a controversial figure in the history of Southern Africa.
Briefly.co.za learned that social media users took the opportunity to wish the country well and reflect on the past 40 years of the nation's history.
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In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that Zimbabwe's neighbour, South Africa, has announced that the border between South Africa and Zimbabwe will be secured.
Emergency procurement procedures have been invoked to ensure 40 kilometres of fence along the border is repaired and, in some places, erected.
eNCA reports that the Beitbridge border is notorious for its illegal crossovers, with illicit migrants often crawling through gaps in the fencing.
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