Zimbabweans are increasingly looking for a way out of the country due to the continued deterioration of the economy.
The high optimism that spiked when former President Robert Mugabe was forced out of office in 2017 has been replaced with despondency and despair.
Thamani Ncube, a banker by profession, was based in Canada before he returned to the country in 2018 regretted his hasty decision in an interview with TimesLive. Said Ncube:
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I have seen it all. Starting a company back home is not as easy as it sounds. There is a lot of red tape and before you start one, look at players in the chosen industry. If you are not politically connected, it’s hard to get contracts.
Those that manage to get them are lowly paid because even local companies, besides big mines, are not making money. The road infrastructure is bad so the wear and tear is just too rapid, hence you find broken down trucks all over.
Maybe another business can do, but my investors won’t support me in this circumstance. I am going back to formal work.
Another person who spoke to the same publication, Sithabile Bhebhe, a nurse formerly based in Namibia. She said:
It was a bad experience. Imagine moving from a fully functional hospital to a private hospital that falls below a basic institution in other neighbouring countries Locum jobs pay fairly better, but still, that money is not enough for basic things. You can’t save or buy property. While I was in Namibia I could save to buy even a car.