Director-general Ayanda Ntsaluba said the department was considering a proposal received from the Zimbabwean government.

"South Africa will help in alleviating the plight of the most vulnerable in terms of targeted sectors like health and education and in terms of a credit line," Ntsaluba said.

The government was in discussions to determine how much it was prepared to give Zimbabwe, but declined to speculate.

"We’d prefer not to say how much is involved as discussions are still underway," Ntsaluba said.

It was vital for other SADC countries to join in to help out in Zimbabwe as the inclusive government there continued to work together as a unit.

"We continue to be encouraged by progress the inclusive government is making. We get a sense of greater coherence and commitment by all parties involved," Ntsaluba said. – SAPA