JOHANNESBURG – Several shops in Zimbabwe's capital Harare have put up "closure signs" on their doors as the cash crunch deepens, signalling a worsening of the economic crisis epitomised by the return of fuel shortages last seen eight years ago.
On Tuesday, clothing store Edgars, eatery Teta, fast food outlets KFC and St Elmos Zimbabwe, as well as Corky's Pub and Grill, all warned customers they were shutting up shop.
In the midlands city of Gweru, Truworths and Topics have shut their doors with no indication they will open any time soon.
Some said the measure was temporary, while others said they needed to close their businesses to do deep cleaning and others cited renovation as the reason they were closing "until further notice".
Zimbabwe is an economic bind, compounded by a lack of foreign currency to support its huge appetite for imports. Local industries are operating at a reduced capacity or have closed down altogether.