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Zim's currency is not a joke

By unknown | May 19, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

What's all the fuss about the Zimbabwean currency?

What's all the fuss about the Zimbabwean currency?

A daily tabloid this week made the new Zimbabwe R250000000 note its front-page story and gave its readers the equivalent in South African rands.

The story was meant to be funny, but I frankly don't find such so-called "jokes" funny. That is, if they are meant to be jokes.

What is money anyway? Money, for those ignoramuses who engage in buffoonery, is a measure of value. It is not value itself.

It is the same as the figure "20km". It is a representation of the distance of 20 kilometres. It is not the actual kilometres themselves.

Currency is paper money.

The tabloid in question should educate its readers by telling them that we exchange real value, like our gold, diamond, platinum and so on for paper money or promissory notes. Money is nothing, really.

Zimbabwe is perhaps demystifying the issue of money (the root of all evil), which some people worship more than their deities.

We can make jokes about the Zimbabwean currency but, hey, Zimbabweans own and control their land and resources.

What they do with their land and resources is another matter.

Sam Ditshego, Kagiso


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