Business has assured the public that there will not be unjustified price hikes during the festive season and COVID-19 containment measures will strictly be adhered to.
In separate interviews with State media, bus operators, shop owners and grain millers said they were prepared for the increased demand during the holidays.
Leonard Mukumba, who is the director at Mukumba Brothers popularly known as Inter Africa Bus, a prominent bus company in the country, said they will stick to the fare table. He said:
The period is usually characterised by huge volumes of people travelling, and we have serviced all our buses used during this period to be in perfect condition for the busy period.
As for prices, we will not hike fares, we will stick to the fare table. We also urge everyone travelling to adhere to the COVID-19 regulations so that we avoid a spike in infections during this period.
We urge other road users to be responsible on the roads. As for us, we will play our part. We do not want a situation where the festive season is always associated with accidents.
Confederation of Zimbabwe Retailers (CZR) president Denford Mutashu said there will neither be any shortages nor price increases. Said Mutashu:
Usually, the holiday spending starts around the 21st, and for us, we are ready to meet the demand of the high spending when people start buying for the festivities.
Manufacturers and suppliers are ready for the demand as well so that there will be no shortages and no price increases during this period.
We would like to commit and obligate ourselves that we will not increase prices as Christmas comes.
We are working very closely with our suppliers to ensure that the glitches we have experienced in the past, for example, issues to do with product procurement, are dealt with.
Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ) national chairman Tafadzwa Musarara said they have enough products in stock and consumers should buy as much as they want but avoid panic-buying. He said:
We are pleased to inform our consuming public that there are more than enough supplies of maize meal, bread, flour, self-rising flour, rice, salt, sugar beans and stock-feeds. We urge consumers to buy as much as they want but avoid panic-buying.
A citizen, Chaita Dhliwayo said salaries are too low and her family won’t be able to enjoy Christmas as they used to do in the past.
Pfugamai Marembo said though the prices are high, they are “justified”, hence they are looking forward to an enjoyable Christmas.