Zimbabwe struggles to put food on tables: 40% hike in bread price

Zimbabwe struggles to put food on tables: 40% hike in bread price

- Zimbabwe is battling for survival with the cost of living soaring in leaps and bounds

- The price of a simple loaf of bread rose 60% overnight, further crippling citizens

- With fears over the return of hyperinflation and the nation abandoning its own currency, the outlook is grim

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Zimbabwean families are battling to keep food on the table, with the latest blow to stability coming in the form of a 60% increase in the price of bread.

The native population of the southern African country is already battling with unsustainable living costs.

The South African reports that many families live on only one meal a day, with shortages in basic commodities such as fuel and medicine.

Bakers say that they had been forced to hike the price overnight due to the rising costs of production.

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Electricity prices have also risen significantly, with the cost of fuel increasing on a weekly basis. Dennis Wala, president of the National Bakers' Association, says that the price of raw materials had increased.

Power is currently only available for about six hours a day, with many bakers forced to use generators to run ovens.

Bread, the second most important staple in the country, has risen to about R15 for a modest non-branded loaf, nearly double what South Africans would pay.

Briefly.co.za reported that following the death of former president Robert Mugabe, citizens had been taken aback by the magnificent, opulent mansion that the politician had called home.

For the citizens of his country, life has become increasingly difficult, with 400% increases in the cost of electricity and inflation at 290%.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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