Of Coffee And The Domino Effect

If you were having coffee with me I would ask you if you knew that a shadow appears something is in the way of light, before you answered quickly yes you knew that; I would stop you and say you think you know but have you really thought about it, a flame casts no shadow……

A flame casts no shadow

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that these are type of conversations we had in a fuel queue, to pass time during the over 3 hour wait in a fuel queue to get petrol.

Fuel queue in zimbabwe
Super chibuku in a fuel queue

I have heard people joke that Zimbabwe might be in the Guinness Book Of Records for having the longest fuel queue, well it might not be a true fact but we have had some pretty crazy fuel queues.

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that we stuck it through with a very long fuel queue because word on the streets was that effective midnight (13 January) the fuel price would go up and true to the word the president was on national TV announcing that fuel was going to go up by over 100% from about $1.50;
Petrol now cost $3.31 per litre and diesel $3.11

Even though the president assured the nation that the prices for everything else would remain the same, you wont need to be an economic analyst to predict the domino effect; how the fuel price hike will probably trigger an increase in transport driven services and by extension an increase in the prices for services as everyone simply passes on the cost along their chain and pretty much everything else will go up too; even things that are not affected directly by the fuel price increase will rise courtesy of an entrepreneur trying to cushion themselves from the rising consumer bucket.

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that the civil servants sector in the past week refused a proposed 10% pay increase by the government. With the least paid government employee earning about $400 then that would translate to a $40 pay increase which would barely cover anything especially now in light of the 100+% fuel price increase. Its interesting noting how different newspapers phrased the headlines for the civil servant pay increase.

If you were having coffee with me, I would tell you that now looks like a good time to start looking into ways of alternative transport or even alternative fuels for vehicles, we have a tremendous amount of sunshine this side of the world, yet I have never seen a solar powered vehicle, where are all these genius ideas and concepts…..Maybe I should have a chat with Elon Musk if you know how I can contact him please holla at me.

solar powered car 
green energy

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you I am grateful that once you learn how to ride a bicycle you can never forget because looks like a bicycle might just become my preferred economic mode of transportation

Riding a bicycle

“A bicycle is curious vehicle. Its passenger is its engine.”


John Howard

What’s going on in your neck of the woods? Here’s to an awesome week ahead

~B

PS would the price of internet access be affected by a rise in the fuel price, it shouldn’t right?…..

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Of Coffee In A Fuel Queue

If you were having coffee with me I would greet you very merrily and say “compliments of the festive season” as I ask how your holiday season has been.

If you were having coffee with me, I would tell you its the eve of the eve of New Year’s eve and I practically woke up in a fuel queue.

Curious fact: how old where you, when you realised that the eve in lets say New Year’s eve did not necessarily mean evening but the whole day before an important event/date……

If you having coffee with me, I would tell you that fuel, particularly of the petrol(gasoline) variety has been in short supply; in fact, a whole lot of commodities have practically been scarce, as the economy runs on fumes.

This festive season hasn’t had much in the way of festivities, when you cant even find a soft drink. Imagine it a Christmas without Coca-cola, its the signature holiday refreshment, almost seems as if the coca-cola company single-handedly created Santa.

I picture Santa Claus; after a hard day riding his sleigh, delivering gifts to the good kids drinks Coca-Cola and now you cant help but imagine that either……

Coca cola invented santa claus

The Christmas lights might have been turned on but there isn’t much of any cheer

harare city Christmas lights
Harare City Christmas Lights First Street

If you were having coffee with me, would you believe it, if I told you that we queued up at Fuel Service station, “on a rumour” that a fuel tanker might eventually deliver a load of fuel.

Random strangers would drive by and ask if we had heard any “official” tip off and we would laugh as we told them we had nowhere better to queue up….. “so here we are.”

Funny enough people came and joined up in right behind us


and some sneaky few, even silently asked themselves if they could join up in front of us too …

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that you know the struggle is real when you learn to read “the code” written on the fuel tanker trucks and you can tell which one is petrol(gasoline); diesel; Liquified Petroluem Gas(LPG) and paraffin (kerosene)

3y 1203 Petrol Hazchem  placard
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Hazchem 3Y 1202 Diesel fuel placard
Hazchem 1075 2ye placard LPG
Image result for 3y 1223
Paraffin


Well the fuel delivery eventually arrived but just in time for service station to close at 7pm sharp and our car was locked in the queue, so we had no choice but leave it there…

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you its difficult to get a good night’s sleep when you keep wondering if the car you left by itself is safe. What if a someone steals it? Well, at least they cant drive it far, since it doesn’t have fuel ha!

Anyhoo the car was there in the morning, in exactly the same state we left it whoop whoop and I pa

You know things are a bad when people congratulate you on getting petrol in your car, because it’s an actual mission, requiring certain level of persistence, faith and a dash cold hard stubbornness as you defend your position in the queue..…
If you were having coffee with me I would ask you if you think getting fuel is an ordeal then do not fall sick in this country because getting medical treatment is could be a literal life and death ordeal.

The cost of medication and medical procedures is staggeringly high and finding yourself in a govern/ment hospital with nothing but faith and prayer because doctors are on strike (demanding they get their salary in United States Dollars because the local surrogate currency, the bond is losing value by the day even though the governments insists its 1:1 with the USD) can really humble you.

Anyhoo the government, being as it is, deemed it best to unilaterally
issue an ultimatum that all striking doctors go back to work or be on immediate suspension, well they didn’t go back to work and here we are and here we are, a nation without doctors

whatever you don’t try not fall ill or injure yourself stay healthy you life depends on it
If you were having coffee with me and ou were wondering how our free fall economy is doing as we close the year, well here’s fun informative snippet from a cartoon the captures the doom and gloom in a way that does not cause too much alarm and despondency

But hey we still sat down together as a family this holiday season and once again my mum managed to feed us a miracle since nobody knows how she got Christmas dinner done and that is why we say Grace before every meal, to bless the hands that put food on the table.

Christmas Dinner
Christmas Dinner

Here’s wishing you a prosperous New Year

~B