Hopes of the gold price rising above the US$400 mark which most believe is adequate to ensure the viability of mines are fast fading.
With reports that Zimbabwe will need at least three normal average rainy seasons to achieve the standard of living or Gross Domestic Product it had in 1980, questions are being asked about how serious the government really is to revive the country’s declining agricultural production.
The absence of substantive chief executives for Zimbabwe’s key service parastatals, the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA), the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) and Air Zimbabwe, is largely responsible for the present chaos they are in rather than the lack of managerial skills.
Claims by the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation acting director general, Christopher Mutsvangwa, that all is well and there is an “insodus” as opposed to an exodus of staff may not be entirely correct.
The Senior Minster for Local Government, Rural and Urban Development, Joseph Msika, his deputy Swithun Mombeshora who is in fact a fully-fledged Minister, and the eight provincial governors whose office has now become dubious because of the presence of resident ministers, seem to have been overlooked, or may be getting less than the rest of their counterparts if the figures given in the current estimates are correct.