Change hard to come by

MARONDERA - The introduction of multiple currencies last year has brought many benefits to the general public, but the unavailability of change has caused problems countrywide.

Residents here have come up with their own panacea for the change dilemma by introducing stamped tickets inscribed 30 and 20 cents. The tickets are so popular in the small farming town that some shops and most vendors accept them. “We accept the tickets, here they are as good as cash,” said a vendor at the bus terminus in the town centre.

In some parts of Harare the Zimbabwean dollar is still in use. Used by commuter omnibus operators for change. In some areas such as Chitungwiza a person can be given a pack of biscuits for change.

“We normally have brisk business during the peak hours when two people are given a dollar and they have to split the money, inevitably one of the two must buy something in order to be able to share the dollar,” said Shadreck Mashura a vendor at Makoni Shopping centre in Chitungwiza.

Former money changers have came up with a new stratagem to ride the crisis of separate money, they are now selling coins. 80 cents coins are sold for a dollar and some people are making a living from selling the coins.

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