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I miss Botswana!

I miss Botswana!

Can Coronavirus end already so I can come to Botswana.

Having lived and worked in Botswana for many years, the country now feels like my second home and I never miss an opportunity to come over.

It’s been seven months since I last crossed the border because of lockdown due to Covid-19. It feels like an eternity!

I swear I will be amongst the first people to travel the moment President Mokgweetsi Masisi opens up the borders.

I miss shopping for food, toiletries and clothes. I miss window shopping, withdrawing money from the ATM, buying chicken and chips from the popular fast foods outlets, fuelling my car with proper fuel and just being in a country with economic stability.

It’s not that I don’t buy food and toiletries here in Zimbabwe. Things are available but it’s the pricing that gives one a mini heart attack.

I miss Botswana!


Prices of some stuff are tenfold this side and unless they are basic, one just has to forget about them.

For example, I love tomato sauce and it’s one thing that is never missing from my groceries when here in Botswana; after all, I find it very cheap compared to buying it from our economic crazy nation.

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Here in Botswana it sells for about P18 for the 700ml bottles yet currently in Zimbabwe it costs about P55 – see why I said our prices can cause a heart attack!

How on earth they arrive at these prices, I just don’t know. I might sound petty because someone could be thinking; it’s just tomato sauce but these guilty pleasures do make a difference. However, buying a bottle for the equivalent of P55, hell no!

So the moment I set my feet in the Ghetto, I will give myself a treat and buy the things I haven’t eaten for months like yoghurt, cheese, fruit juice, pizza and whole lot of other goodies so I can enjoy myself like a child sucking a lollypop. Eish, just writing about them is making me hungry!

And by the way, there are no shopping malls to talk about in Zimbabwe so I really miss shopping or window shopping at Foschini, Woolworths, Mr Price, Miladys, Clicks and Game amongst many others.

We don’t have these kinds of shops this side, I guess because these stores don’t want to operate in an unstable, extremely risky economy.

I also miss withdrawing cash from an ATM, sounds silly right? These are the things we have been deprived of as a nation as cash shortages have meant we all queue at the banking halls to be given that little that is available.

I thus pray Coronavirus will soon be consigned to the past so that I can enjoy these small things that can otherwise be taken for granted: its been far too long!

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1 Comment

  1. Pattie

    October 7, 2020 at 2:56 pm

    Wow. I’m so surprised things are that expensive just next door to us. I hope borders open soon so that you enjoy this simple pleasures of life

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