COVID-19 pandemic escalates in hyper-inflation economy, but political dialogue prospects greatly improved
With inflation measured at over 470 per cent in 2020, the people of Zimbabwe are really struggling to survive as 2021 gets into full swing. Several high profile political, business and church people have died from COVID-19 in recent weeks, sharply focussing the government on more effective action.
When schools returned in mid-September, most teachers did not, shifting the focus of industrial strife from the health to the education sector. It underlines the galloping inflation impacting the wages of public servants and other workers, and the huge pressures for change in Zimbabwean society.
Peace returns to Zimbabwe hospitals as COVID-19 pandemic spreads; acquittal and bail for journalists, protesters; action on police corruption
The Zimbabwe Nurses Union has called for a return to work after months of strikes over pay and workplace safety, after the appointment of Vice-President Chiwenga as Health Minister. Civil servants have been promised a pay adjustment every three months.
July 31 protests didn’t eventuate, followed by G40 successful intervention with ANC, African Union. COVID-19 spreads
Detailed reports from Zimbabwe on July 31, 2020, and the following days, show that there was no popular response to the call for anti-corruption rallies, and that the government pre-empted any possibility by preventive arrests, and a confused series of orders to close shops and then open shops.