Working for free
FILE PICTURE: Teachers in previous protest

On average, teachers in Zimbabwe earn $400 (bond) which in ‘real terms’ is equivalent to almost P1, 100.

I am saying in real terms because the government, in its cloud cuckoo land, still maintains that the bond and the US are at par when the situation on the ground is to the contrary.

Indeed, the prevailing rate of the US dollar against the bond is 1:3.6.

Now let me try to budget this hard-earned salary of $400 bond.

Transport: $60

Lunch: $40

Rent: $200

Basic Groceries and toiletries: $200

Airtime: $20 (we all need to communicate right?)

Total: $520

Here I am assuming this teacher stays alone and has no dependents.

The truth of the matter though is that most have families, children who go to school and extended families.

So if their net income is only sufficient to pay rent and buy food, where are they expected to get money to cover all other expenses such as school fees?

‘Zvakapresa’, it’s tight, as they would say.

And by the way, I can say this budget, especially for groceries, is only valid for 24 hours as prices now change willy-nilly!

This is as a result of a number of factors, such as fuel prices going up.

I am not talking about that massive price increase which sparked riots but the subsequent increases which are silently being effected by filling stations.

This week teachers went on strike, demanding an adjustment of their salaries and better working conditions.

A strike truly justified if you ask me!

I had a chat with my sister-in-law on Tuesday as she told me she had, like many other teachers, heeded to the call to down tools.

Again, like her colleagues, getting paid in the US dollar would be a better deal as the bond quickly gets eroded.

This is a fact that we cannot run away from and which the government needs to admit.

Fuel has gone up and continues going up, the price of bread has doubled, transport fares have gone up, prices of basic commodities have gone up, yet salaries have remained stagnant.

Surely the government cannot expect people to turn a blind eye to this when they are practically offering their services for free.

So if the government is sincere about solving issues as they have said, the decision makers in this instance should be realistic and award teachers accordingly.

If President Emmerson Mnangagwa can afford to blow thousands of dollars in useless ‘thank you’ rallies, then it means there is money to spend and thus he must make sure teachers are given what they deserve.

But knowing our government, it will react with wrath to the strike and even threaten to fire the teachers like they did with the nurses when they also went on strike.

Talking of nurses, they, together with all other health workers, have started working three times a week to enable them to cope with transport challenges.

At least in this scenario somebody became realistic enough to acknowledge that salaries of health workers are just not enough for them to work normal working hours.

So one way or the other they will have to address the concerns of the teachers, so that the students, who are the main losers, don’t continue to miss lessons.

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cheerful

This is absolutely ridiculous this article shows the how corruption has spiralled out of control “In July 2018, police in Harare arrested 5 suspected illegal gold traders following a tip off from an anonymous source. The five suspects were arrested with $4m and 98kg of gold stashed in suitcases while trying to leave the country. National police spokesperson Paul Nyathi who confirmed the arrests, told a local daily that the suspects were apprehended by police following a tip off. Nyathi said the five suspects were believed to be illegally dealing in gold and were arrested at the leafy Harare suburb… Read more »

cheerful

In a letter to the Reserve Bank this is part of an article indicating massive fraud on a large scale withconnections to the Former First Disgraced Lady Grace Mugabe “There is an urgent matter needing your attention in the utmost public interest and national security and for which I raise the below questions. 1. On what basis has your office, the entire Central Intelligence (CIO) and the ZDF for several years to date allowed a well known Kenyan Indian criminal, Mr Paul Kamlesh Pattni, the same man who grounded the Kenyan economy, to smuggle foreign gold into Zimbabwe and freely… Read more »

cheerful

“Rio Tinto Forced To Stop Operations After RBZ Allowed A Kenyan Crook To Swindle Zimbabwe’s Last Remaining Forex Reserves”

cheerful

“This is the latest Press Release from RioZim Limited “Regarding the failure by Fidelity Printers and Refiners (Private) Limited (A subsidiary ofThe Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe) to pay foreign currency nostro for gold delivered. The Purpose of this Press release is for the Board ofRioZim to update allshaaareholders and stakeholders of the status ofthe Company following the withdrawal of the Cautionary Announcement dated 10 October 2018. The Withdrawl of the Cautionary Announcement was premised the the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe to provide the company with adequate foreign currency to meet its operational requirments and to enable the Company to resume… Read more »

cheerful

This is a latest article onthis Pattni an asian kenyan “Kamlesh Pattni who is widely accused of being the architect of Kenya’s most brazen looting of public coffers in which Sh100 billion was lost in a gold importing scam is facing similar accusations in Zimbabwe where he relocated to in 2006. Pattni who shot to infamy in the 1990s through the Goldenberg saga where he made fictitious imports and exports of gold, replicated his thieving ways in Harare where authorities are now astonished by the semblance of ideas on how to earn the country some foreign currency amid biting shortages… Read more »

cheerful

This asian businessman should be put on watchlist question which other country he will try to do this??

cheerful

The question is which country is next to be defrauded by this man??