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"The State has gone beserk."
February 25, 2016, 3:09 pm

 

Dear Family and Friends,

Unbelievable things are happening in Zimbabwe. I wonder how many times in the last fifteen years I’ve started one of these letters with that phrase! With every passing day Zimbabwe in 2016 feels more and more like Zimbabwe in 2007 and 2008: we’re literally running out of money again. The only difference now is that we aren’t trad
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Hmmm, 15% VAT on imported food as hunger looms?
February 12, 2016, 8:11 am

 

Dear Family and Friends,

They are selling cows in drought affected rural areas for as little as 50 US dollars a head.  Normally villagers can expect to realize 300 – 400 US dollars for a cow but not this year. Things are so tough, money so short and conditions so hard that in some areas people are selling their cows because they can’t afford to keep them
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Bread in China or Acacia pods in Zimbabwe?
January 29, 2016, 8:22 am

 

Dear Family and Friends,

When the barbel was hooked it didn’t come quietly: splashing and thrashing in the river, bending the rod to alarming angles. Once the hook was removed the slimy, whiskered fish did some fancy belly wiggling and flip flopping and then it was free again, slithering around in the grass along the river bank before plop, back it went to freedom.
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Underground pot of gold and diamonds
January 15, 2016, 8:41 am

 

Dear Family and Friends,

On a dust road soon after sunrise the children were already out, walking to their first day at school. You have to smile at the first timers in their bright crisp uniforms; creases still new from the shop. Navy blue, bottle green or bright red uniforms, all looking just a bit too big; bought to last as long as possible by parents struggling to mak
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Stepping stones
December 31, 2015, 12:26 pm

 

Dear Family and Friends,

On New Year’s Eve 2015  I left the supermarket carrying my groceries: sausages, tomatoes, mangoes and bread rolls.  Hardly the stuff of New Year’s celebrations but as 2016 arrives tight budgets are the national past time.  As I got to my car a man came across to me. I could see straight away that he was in trouble. His t
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