The Chron­i­cle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

GWELO, Fri­day, Novem­ber 10, 1967— Why Gwelo are butch­ers charg­ing much less for cer­tain cuts than butch­ers in Bu­l­awayo and Sal­is­bury ?A lead­ing Gwelo butcher said: “The an­swer to that is sim­ple. There is too much com­pe­ti­tion in Gwelo.”

“I don’t say that Bu­l­awayo butch­ers are charg­ing too much for meat. What I do say is that Gwelo butch­ers are charg­ing too lit­tle. “He said there are 17 butch­ers’ li­censes in force in Gwelo which in­clud­ing its peri-ur­ban ar­eas has a pop­u­la­tion of 41 000.”

It is very dif­fi­cult to see how butch­ers here can make a profit. Sooner or later, in or­der that the butch­ers can make a rea­son­able liv­ing, these prices will have to be ad­justed”.

The in­creases of about 10 per cent had as far as his shop was con­cerned, been taken in their stride by cus­tomers.

“They re­alised that there had to be a rise in the cost to them and most of them are very pleased that it is such a small in­crease”, he said.

There had been no no­tice­able change in the pat­tern of buy­ing since the in­creases, but he felt it was too early for any such change, if there was to be one, to make it­self felt.

Sim­i­lar views were ex­pressed by an­other butcher who said the dif­fer­ence in prices be­tween Bu­l­awayo and Gwelo could be at­trib­uted en­tirely to price­cut­ting. “There has been too much of it”, he said.

A housewife who said that she knew of sev­eral peo­ple who bought their meat in Gwelo when­ever they had the op­por­tu­nity — and had been do­ing so for a long time — said she was pleased that the in­creases here had been so small. “But don’t spoil it”, she said.

“Meat is the only thing you can get in Gwelo which is cheaper than in Bu­l­awayo or Sal­is­bury.”

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