INTRODUCTION: The Zimbabwean economy has been undergoing severe problems from foreign exchange shortages and a lack of skilled labour, yet up to 400 visitors each weekend are streaming across the border from neighbouring Zambia on shopping sprees.
KARIBA, ZIMBABWE (VISNEWS - CHRIS EVERSON)
GV PAN Zimbabwe/Zambia shores of Lake Kariba. PAN ALONG dam wall. (2 SHOTS)
GV Sign "Welcome to Zimbabwe" and road
GV & SCU Customs board to border
GV Cars crossing top of dam
GV PAN Supermarket in Kariba township
GV Car park
SCU Zambian number plates. (3 SHOTS)
SV Zambians loading cars supermarket goods
SCU Supermarket manager, Mike Viviers speaking in English
SPEECH (TRANSCRIPT) TO END VIVIERS: "Since Zimbabwe got her independence, and the borders have re-opened, we've had a vast majority of Zambian shoppers coming over here, buying basically luxury items such as cooking oil, chocolates, sweets, wines that they can't get in Zambia. On an average weekend, we have about 250 shoppers. On good weekend, maybe anything up to 400. It's obviously bringing my company good business, and bringing in much-needed foreign currency."
Background: INTRODUCTION: The Zimbabwean economy has been undergoing severe problems from foreign exchange shortages and a lack of skilled labour, yet up to 400 visitors each weekend are streaming across the border from neighbouring Zambia on shopping sprees. The visitors are buying luxury foodstuffs that are either unavailable, or more expensive, within their own country.
SYNOPSIS:The shores of Lake Kariba mark Zimbabwe's north-western frontier with Zambia -- a frontier closed foe many years during the reign of Mr. Ian Smith's government in what was then Rhodesia.
But since independence was granted to Zimbabwe in April 1980, visitors from Zambia are welcome once more, and in the first five months of this year, Zambian tourists increased by 166 per cent.
Most of these visitors are not conventional tourists. Their activity is shopping ... and they want luxury foodstuffs. the owners of these cars have come to shop at the Kariba supermarket.
Although the Zimbabwean economy has struggled along since independence, there are still many items in supermarkets unavailable in Zambia. The time and petrol costs are worthwhile investments. the manager of the Kariba supermarket, Mr. Mike Viviers, has seen his business expand dramatically over the last 12 months.