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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.

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

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