We are on our own!

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First things first; we promised to update you once the SI Instrument (85 of 2020) was published to confirm the return to multi-currency. It has since been published and boy were we right! Goodbye mono-currency and all the best to ZWL is what we can say for now.

Back to today’s business. Treasury has since published a statement on ‘Economic Mitigatory Measures to contain COVID-19.”

We have seen how other governments have responded to help resuscitate their struggling economies. Ours is such a big yawn. The statement is all over the place and lacks details. Only ZWL500m explicitly mentioned (USD20m at the fixed 1:25 rate). There is also a ZWL200m proposed monthly transfer. How much is that per individual? Even assuming a conservative 1m affected people, that’s like ZWL200/person/month. How much ZESA does it buy? Loaves of bread? The rest remains a wish list.

Companies and individuals expected more concise direction from Treasury. Tax breaks maybe? IMMT waiver? Corporate tax reduction? These are extraordinary circumstances. Money has been wantonly printed before for agriculture. This is a nationwide pandemic which needs all hands on the deck!

For now we are really on our own. This was a perfect opportunity for gvt to ramp up whatever resources, even through the printing press, to help companies keep afloat.

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The Lingo


The ‘Old Mutual Implied Rate’ is a comparison between the Old Mutual share price on the London stock exchange / the Johannesburg stock exchange and the Zimbabwe stock exchange. Effectively RTGS is valued at 1:1 with the USD, but this difference in share price gives us the implied countries exchange rate.


Real-time gross settlement systems (RTGS) is a funds transfer system where money transfer takes place from one bank to another on a “real time” basis and “gross” basis. Settlement in the “real time” means that the transaction happens almost immediately.


The Zimbabwe Bond Note is a surrogate currency issued by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe. This was originally issued against a loan facility from the African Export-Import Bank. The Bond Note is officially 1:1 however the market seems to have significantly discounted the value of the Bond Note.


The symbol ZAR is the currency abbreviation for the South African rand.