The Zimbabwe dollar should have been trading at $18 300 to the United States dollar by the end of April if the auction rate had been following inflation trends, according to a leading exporter from Bulawayo who has been keeping track of the exchange rate since the introduction of the auction system last year.
The Bulawayo City Council has been forced to put out tenders for grave diggers for a third time because bids from prospective contractors on the first occasion were too high and there was a mix-up on the closing dates in the second, according to director of health services Zanele Hwalima.
The shortage of fuel that has paralysed Bulawayo for more than a month is now choking industry and commerce.
In what critics see as a deliberate move to get back at the urban voters, most of whom are considered supporters of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), the government overrode a decision by the Wages and Salaries Advisory Board and announced a new minimum wage for domestic workers that was double that agreed on.
Some Bulawayo city councillors have castigated the organisers of the Silver Jubilee celebrations at Barbourfields Stadium for the chaos that erupted just before the Highlanders and Motor Action soccer match, resulting in council property, particularly traffic lights, being vandalised.