HOW THE MONEY WORKS

Getaway (South Africa) - - TRAVEL ZIMBABWE -

The of­fi­cial cur­rency is US dol­lars but more than 90 per cent of all trans­ac­tions now take place elec­tron­i­cally, with lit­tle hard cash chang­ing hands. On the black mar­ket, $1 can be con­verted into at least $1,50 (jok­ingly re­ferred to as ‘zol­lars’). So, while the price of al­most ev­ery­thing seems high, you can get a mas­sive dis­count if you’re able to change forex into ‘zol­lars’ and spend those. The eas­i­est way to do this is by us­ing pre­paid mo­bile-phone credit: get an Econet SIM card, regis­ter for Eco-cash and use that for most trans­ac­tions. * In­for­ma­tion cor­rect at the time of print.

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