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President Robert Mugabe will receive a set of gold and platinum coins valued at about $800 000 as a birthday gift from the Zanu-PF youth league.
Four months after being bought by Indian firm Essar Global Holdings in a $750-million deal, production has yet to kick off at Ziscosteel.
Sanctions may affect only the foreign investment and travel privileges of Mugabe's cronies but they are blamed for all failures.
Robert Mugabe could be president of Zimbabwe until he is 97 years old if he has his way in the country's protracted struggle for a new constitution.
It may no longer be business as usual for South African companies operating in Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe's peasant farmers are flourishing in what was previously the domain of white farmers, and Zanu-PF is happy to take the credit.
Jonathan Moyo, the controversial spin doctor expelled from Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF, is on the political comeback trail.
Zimbabwe has turned up the heat on its indigenisation programme and issued a 14-day ultimatum to Tongaat Hulett's unit in the country, Triangle.