Food is back in the shops in Zim

MacDonald Dzirutwe

MacDonald Dzirutwe

HARARE - Food is returning to store shelves in Zimbabwe and prices are falling after years of rocketing higher - but the end of the black market leaves some Zimbabweans with little to cheer about.

For people like Beatrice Kurwa, a 25-year-old primary school teacher in Highfield township, the signs of returning economic stability are welcome, but without informal earnings she now has only R920 a month.

"I am happy to walk into a shop and buy what I want but now I have to live on my allowance and it has become even harder to survive because I have no other source of income," Kurwa said yesterday.

Goods have flooded back after the government's decision to abandon the worthless local dollar and to let Zimbabweans use foreign currency. - Reuters