The European Union (EU) has a freeze on development aid to Zimbabwe and the commission can send only humanitarian aid 90m was given in 2007 to the people.
The EU and the US maintain a travel ban and asset freeze on President Robert Mugabe and his inner circle in protest against controversial elections and alleged human rights abuses by his government.
Zimbabwes once-dynamic economy has been crushed by world-record hyperinflation and the collapse of farming, mining and manufacturing.
The unity government formed by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Mugabe estimates that 8,5bn will be needed to rebuild the economy.
International doctors group Medecins Sans Frontieres yesterday called on SA and the international community to do more to make sure that Zimbabweans fleeing to SA were safe and had shelter and healthcare.
Dr Eric Goemaere, the groups coordinator for SA, said the agency was speaking out because it feared that Zimbabwes troubles and their effect on the region were being forgotten. He said there was a mistaken impression that the formation of Zimbabwes unity government in February had resolved the countrys economic and humanitarian crises.
On Monday, a Zimbabwean court dismissed charges against a leading human rights lawyer accused of obstructing the course of justice, a defence attorney said. The lawyer, Alec Muchadehama, was part of a legal team representing political activists facing terrorism charges.
Zimbabwes unity government formed by Tsvangirai and Mugabe estimates that 8,5bn will be needed to rebuild the economy