Bonding - it's Zimbabwe's latest try at keeping its economy from coming unglued.

The exodus of skilled white workers from the country has been a problem since it gained black majority rule in 1980. So, beginning this month, apprentices must either work for a period equal to the number of years spent in training to earn their journeyman's certificate or repay the state for the cost of training - which could amount to thousands of dollars. The move is to stem the flow of skilled labor from the country.

But many in the white community warn it will accelerate rather than -decrease the emigration problem.m

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