Christmas is around the corner and I have already started doing shopping in preparation of the big day. But to my astonishment prices of basic goods have already started sky rocketing. I thought by starting shopping early I was going to beat the price hikes which are experienced when Christmas day nears for usually prices are fuelled by the pressure of late shopping. This year it is not the case.
I went to one of the down town super markets where we usually enjoy low grocery prices and discovered shop assistants busy changing price stickers on commodities. A 20 Kg pocket of mealie –meal which was selling for $9.95 was being repriced at $11. My favourite meat, pork, was $4.50 per Kg is now $5.50.
I am very sad for the Consumer Council of Zimbabwe our commodity and service watchdog which has become a toothless dog over the years. Besides issuing occasional statements, the organisation continues to short change consumers by failing to crack a whip on unscrupulous retailers.
Seeing these price hikes a month before Christmas makes me doubt very much whether this year I will be able to enjoy the festive holiday. The fact is my salary has not been increased and my employer has also announced that this year there will be no bonus because of the viability challenges facing the company.