Massive job losses, Bulawayo worst affected

Massive job losses, Bulawayo worst affected
Published: 18 January 2019 (212 Views)
INDUSTRY and Commerce Minister Mangaliso Ndlovu has said hundreds of people lost their jobs as a result of this week's violent protests and Bulawayo companies were the worst affected.

He said the terror attacks, organised by the MDC Alliance and civil society groups aligned to it, defeat efforts by Government and industries to revive the economy. In an interview yesterday, Minister Ndlovu said the demonstrations send wrong signals to potential investors.

"We're yet to calculate the losses made but hundreds of people have lost their jobs due to the destruction of business buildings, which are not only affecting individuals but the entire nation. I don't know how we'll recover the lost production and infrastructure deficit that has been created," he said.

"I'm disappointed that Bulawayo was the worst hit by the violent demonstrations and property worth millions of dollars was destroyed. It's sad and I didn't expect this from the people of Bulawayo. I made a number of calls and the updates I got shocked me."

A man gets what might be of value from his burnt vehicle along Luveve Road in Bulawayo yesterday Minister Ndlovu said there is no need for aggrieved people to express themselves by engaging in criminal activities.

"This has taken us aback. Businesspeople in the city suffered huge losses and I wonder where we're going as a city.

"Investors who have plans to bring business in Bulawayo might lose interest now because of hooligans who just decide to go into people's shops, loot and burn buildings. It's really sad for industry and the country as a whole," said Minister Ndlovu.

He said it was saddening that people were given space to exercise their rights but ended looting shops and destroying properties.

"In December I had a meeting with the Bulawayo City Council led by the Mayor, the Minister of State for Bulawayo provincial affairs, captains of industry and think tanks in the province to try and come up with strategies to turn around the economy.

"The meeting was also meant to make decisive moves towards re-industrialising our city and create employment for the people of Bulawayo. We scheduled a review meeting for the end of this month and I thought we were on course in terms of making Bulawayo a good investment destination but this is obviously a huge set back," said Minister Ndlovu.

He said it was unfortunate that people had decided to exercise their rights in such a manner, which leads the country nowhere.

"We have a burden of rebranding our country and positioning it where it was and I think as a country we did well in terms of respecting human and respecting constitutional rights and giving them a chance to genuinely engage in discussions with the Government.

"Perhaps we over-did it because these violent incidents have instilled fear in the population as police officers were also threatened and assaulted, with one of them losing his life. Members of the public need to know that it's not their rights only that matter but the next person's rights too," said Minister Ndlovu.

He said it was important for people to unite and rebrand the country. The Minister appealed to business people to desist from increasing prices unnecessarily.

"I'm appealing to business people to desist from this idea of profiteering. When they price their goods beyond the reach of the people for whatever reasons, this has a direct risk on their businesses. As we speak today, kombis and buses have hiked their fares in an unreasonable manner.

"They increased by almost 300 percent when fuel costs in running a business ordinarily don't go beyond 40 percent of the total cost. There's no justification because businesses have got a rebate where they're not affected by these increases," said Minister Ndlovu.

Choppies Supermarkets in New Lobengula and Entumbane were burnt in the protests while the Pumula and Lobengula West branches were looted.

Chicken Corner in Tshabalala was also targeted. There were also reports of looting from shops in Nkulumane, Lobengula, Pumula, Emganwini, Luveve, Magwegwe, Sizinda and other areas.


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