Watch Video: From Fuel Queues To Booze Queues..It Never Rains But It Pours For Zimbabwe!
Numerous lorries, trucks, vans and cars queued outside local distillery, Delta Corporations to pick up what is feared to be Zimbabwe’s latest scarce commodity, alcohol, on Friday.
In a video posted by business news website, newZWire on Twitter, vehicles are seen piling up with empty plastic crates as anxious drivers wait for service, oblivious of the scorching sun outside one of Delta Corporation’s depots in Harare.
Watch the video below:
Booze queues: A long queue of retailers waits for beer outside Delta’s Southerton depot on Friday.
In its last update, Delta said while lager consumption passed record highs in the 2nd quarter, there are now “frictional shortages” due to raw material supply issues pic.twitter.com/VCnCSbyjDG
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Alcohol queues and shortages come as no surprise to economically fragile Zimbabwe. They are just the latest addition to the growing ‘disappearing’ goods in the country. Over the past month, basic commodities such as cooking oil, rice, sugar, concentrated juice and fuel have been in short supply with the government blaming social media and ‘panic-buying’ Zimbabweans who have been allegedly hoarding goods. Supermarkets in Zimbabwe are still busy although trolleys are significantly less full. Some sections of stores are now bare, especially the bread department.
Similarly, supermarket fridges have since been empty of all but the most expensive imported or least popular local beer brands.
In its latest trading update, Delta Corporation said beer consumption had recently surpassed “historical peaks”, but noted some “frictional shortages of brands and packs occasioned by the limited production capacity and raw material supply issues”.
This latest beer shortage scare comes after on Friday, the price of a normal loaf of bread went up from $1.10 to $1.40. Prior to this, local bakers had actually wanted to hike the price to as much as $2.20 because of ‘high production costs’. The government then intervened with a promise to meet most of these bread making companies foreign currency requirements.