By A Correspondent- The Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (ZimStat) has reported that the total cost of living in Zimbabwe continued on an upward trend in September.
The Agency observed that the consumption poverty line (TCPL) for a family of five rose to nearly ZWL$18 000 in September.
Zimstat also reported that the September 2020 food poverty line (FPL) for an average of five persons in Zimbabwe stood at $7 382 translating to a 2,4% increase $7 210 recorded in August. In a statement on Wednesday, the Agency said:
The TCPL for an average of five persons stood at $17 956,87 in September 2020. This means that an average household required that much to purchase food and non-food items for them not to be deemed poor. This represents an increase of 4,1% when compared to the August 2020 figure of $17 244,07.
The cost of living is sadly going up when workers are complaining that the salaries they are earning are very insignificant particularly in this inflationary economy.
Teachers who are reportedly earning around US$30 have refused to return to work since the re-opening of schools on 28 September this year.
Government workers demand the restoration of their 2018 salaries when the majority of them earned around US$500.-Newsday