Originally Posted by Martynbiker
On the News tonight..... 28,000,000 Zimbabwe Dollars for a Meal!
Yes, thats right... Twenty Eight MILLION!! showed the guy paying for a meal with a HUGE stack of notes the size of a Topbox!
Inflation running at 14,000%.......
Not good...... It is a very sorry state of affairs for the people in Zimbabwe, they can no longer afford to Eat, or Live. at those inflation rates the Petrol you put in your car will be costing more as you pump it!
I saw the same news report from the BBC.
The news can be very exaggerated or even plain wrong; in this case, the correspondent had returned from a week of being in Zim, even though the BBC is banned from the country - so, it was a "first hand" report, for a change, and not one from South Africa (SA) for instance (they often are written there in some hotel room or other).
What I heard was:
It took them 3 hours to cross the border out of Zim because of the "refugees" who are fleeing toward SA.
The police who did approach them in their vehicles simply wanted bribes, preferably cash, but something else would do, such as food.
The $US is preferred to the local $Zim for obvious reasons (yes, the inflation rate is currently 14000% but the meal cost = 290m $Zim - who cares about the exact figure, it will be much more tomorrow, as per Germany in the 1930s).
Plenty of vehicles still on the streets however; presumably bartering & bribery will prevail.
Everybody encountered by the news crew hates Mugabe.
On the BBC webpages, there are indications that Mugabe's own ruling party are resisting him and putting up a competitor to get him out of office (don't hold your breath!).