Outrageous Price Of Diapers In Zimbabwe
It seems like price increases have become the order of the day in Zimbabwe as the economy continues to deteriorate. Skyrocketing inflation of almost 800 per cent has resulted in salaries being eroded and prices going beyond the reach of the majority. Now, it seems like Zimbabweans will need to think twice about having more children judging by the outrageous price of a packet of disposable diapers in a major supermarket in the country.
A packet of Super Soft Diapers which contains only 10 disposable diapers is going for the outrageous price of ZWL$13 989 at OK Zimbabwe Supermarkets. This princely price alone may serve as a good contraceptive for people who are concerned about the welfare of their progeny.
To illustrate just how outrageous this price is, the government of Zimbabwe recently gazetted a new statutory instrument which mandates that domestic workers should earn a minimum of ZWL$900 (yes, nine hundred dollars) per month. This means that if an employer chooses to pay his domestic worker the statutory minimum wage, that employee would need to work for more than 15 months without spending a single cent just to be able to afford 10 disposable diapers.
To further illustrate the ludicrousness of the price of diapers, civil servants who just last week received a pay increase of 50 per cent earn on average ZWL$5 000 per month. This means that the average civil servant has to work almost 3 months without spending a single cent to afford a pack of diapers.
The price of ZWL$13 989 for a pack of diapers in Zimbabwe translates to a jaw-dropping US$240 (R 4 180) using the country’s official foreign exchange rate of ZWL$57.36 to the United States Dollar. Before Tuesday, this rate was fixed at ZWL$25 for every United States Dollar.
However, using the street rate, the one used by the majority of people in the country, this translates to US$ 140 which is still ridiculous for a packet of 10 disposable diapers.
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