Easter holidays: It's business as usual for vendors, shops

HARARE - It was business as usual in Harare yesterday despite the Easter holidays having started as shops and retail outlets were open for business.

Downtown Harare was a hustle and bustle as tuck-shops were abuzz with everyday business, without consideration to the holiday which signifies the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

A survey conducted by the Daily News showed that many shops were capitalising on the holiday.

One clothing boutique owner, Tafadzwa Dakura said she had opened her shop hoping to get customers that frequented high-end shops.

She said that business during the holidays is a gamble where one can either win or lose.

“Business is tough because people are complaining that there is no money. Going to work on a holiday is not by choice but just trying to make the most of people who do not have the opportunity to go shopping during the week days,” she said.

A vendor who trades along Robert Mugabe said vending does not recognise holidays because people do not take a break to buy stuff.

The vendor, who only identified himself as Brian, said if he does not work on holiday, he would risk losing out.

“Imagine if I had stayed at home and my colleagues return home telling me that business was booming. I would have lost a lot of money, so I have no option but to just come and take my chances,” Brian said.

As was the norm in days gone-by, high end clothing shops would close closed for major public holidays like Easter, the majority were however, open for business.

Holiday makers have also scaled down as many have opted to stay at home and save money for important considerations like school fees.

According to the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU), only 10 percent of the economically active population are employed as scores of companies are closing daily.

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