23 06 2011

A note arrived on my desk last week. There were two columns listing the prices of basic commodities such as maize meal, salt, sugar, cooking oil, rent and flour under the headings of “Old price” and “New price”. Apparently prices have gone up some 20% though over what period it did not say. It is no co-incidence that today is wage day and without actually saying it, this was a request for an increase. There was a wage increase in February of 28% so I was more than a bit annoyed and some of the supposed prices listed looked more than a bit hight to me. Shopping is not one of my fortes but I am aware of what prices are so decided to check them out.

I called into a local supermarket on the way back from town and after checking around found that current costs of the listed commodities were actually LESS than those listed on the “Old price” column! When I mentioned this I was told yes, but these prices are for the supermarket where we live. Well in that case it is worth getting on the bus and going into town. I will see later today if there is another request for a meeting with the labour to discuss this.

Earlier this week another chancer arrived at the office. Smartly dressed, he waited politely at the door while I was on the phone. I glanced at the government letterhead on the paper but did not take much in except that it there was something about “Anti Sanctions Music” and they were looking for money. I suppose I should have perused it a bit closer but I couldn’t be bothered. When I asked incredulously what “Anti Sanctions Music” was I was told it was just that; they wanted to make music against the targeted sanctions imposed on various individuals and organizations in Zimbabwe. The cheek of it; they wanted me to give the government (or whomever it was) money so that they could make protest songs! I told him I wasn’t into that type of money and handed the letter back.

HIFA 2009

5 05 2009

I have spent the last week working at HIFA. I was responsible for helping put out the daily news sheet and take photos for it and other purposes. It all went surprisingly well and I generally thought that the standard of shows was the highest it has ever been. They also sold the most tickets ever which was quite incredible. Obviously Zimbabweans are desperate for a bit of escapism. 

Below are some of the better or most representative photos I took in roughly chronological order. Some photos were not that good and some shows I did not photograph. I did not keep track of how many photos I took but I suppose it must have been around 120 or so a day.

This was a great way to get to know my new camera and I had to learn fast! By the last day my “hit rate” had improved enormously! Some of it was extremely challenging photography; low light levels, fast action and a lot of anticipation required. But I had loads of fun and couldn’t wait to get into the action every day. It’s been a long time since I’ve experienced that!