The
Zimbabwe
Letters

     
  Happy in Zim......  
     
 
 even though.........

1. A Vienna sausage costs more that a three bedroom house cost 25 years ago

2. Fuel has increased by 59,000% in the last 18 months

3. If you want fuel you have to buy foreign currency on the black market (illegal) drive 120 kms, smuggle your cash through an international border, and fill a container. On return you have to pay duty in Zim $on the fuel you have purchased but you are not allowed to take out
sufficient Zim $ to pay the duty anyway

4. In August you are advised of the new minimum wages for July

5. Kariba Bream now costs $1,200,000 per kg which is double the price of imported Hake

6. Fees in Government schools are increased by 1,000% retrospective for 6 months, whilst private schools are restricted from increasing their fees at all

7. Colgate toothpaste in supermarkets is kept locked in a glass display cabinet otherwise it will be stolen

8. Reserve Bank officials enforce laws on illegal currency deals, yet the Bank uses illegally obtained currency to pay satellite television subscriptions

9. New Zealand butter is half the price of Zimbabwe butter

10. Water rationing is introduced four months after the end of the rains when the dams are already almost empty

11. A $10 note is still in circulation and is worth 0,05 of one US cent

12. A $10 note costs over $3,000 to print

13. Toilet paper costs more than $10 a sheet - so it's cheaper to use the notes

14. Banks charge 300% interest on overdraft but pay 0,001% interest on current account balances

15. It is cheaper to hand deliver mail than to use the postal system

16. Government knocks down houses when there is a housing shortage

17. It can take up to a year to renew a firearms licence which is only valid for three years

18. A replacement drivers' licence can take up to three years

19. Electricity Supply Commission is unable to send out monthly accounts, so estimates the usage - a previous average usage of $250,000 p.m. is estimated at $24 million

20. A monthly govt. pension of $135 00 will buy one small sip of Coke. But this is not an issue because you can't buy cokes anyway.

Pensioners living outside our borders would receive half one US cent per month

21. ADDENDUM

An ordinary washer costs 20 to 30 dollars. If you are lucky enough to find a coin; drill a hole in it! Our largest coin is $ 5. If you can find a 1 cent coin you can really "coin" it. It is even made
of copper.