NewsDay yesterday carried out a random survey in Harare, Kwekwe and Bulawayo to gauge public expectations for the year 2013. Below are the excerpts:
Report By STAFF REPORTERS
Hubert Bvepfepfe (Administrator-Harare)
The year 2013 serves me an opportunity to be more prayerful. I am hoping for the best for our country and I want to develop a greater mindset and deeper insight in business.
Kudzanayi Nyamakura (Chef – Harare)
I want the best for myself in the year 2013 in terms of my career and education. I want to advance my studies and acquire more assets. The year 2012 was not much up to my expectations and I hope 2013 is going to be a better year.
Sphiwe Nyoni (University of Zimbabwe student)
2013 is going to be a bigger year for me as I am waiting to finish my Bachelor of Arts degree. I am really expecting great things to happen this year.
George Chali (Salesperson-Kwekwe hardware shop)
We have been in election mode for a very long time and this has affected business and our salaries and the ability of companies to pay bonuses. I, therefore, expect 2013 to end this uncertainty so that we go for polls.
Job Mafambisa (Kwekwe businessman and farmer): 2013 should bring direction to industry, especially as regards the indigenisation policy which has affected direct foreign investment.
No doubt we want opportunities, but getting these from bankrupt companies will not help because they have no capacity to pay.
Government in 2013 should, therefore, balance between creating opportunities and attracting investment.
Joshua Marambi (Kwekwe Polytechnic student): 2013 should see government create more jobs for us. The opening of New Zimsteel will help create new jobs and opportunities for some of us who have just finished our studies.
Barnabas Masimba of Emganwini suburb in Bulawayo: I foresee a stagnant economy.
Another Bulawayo resident, Gift Moyo, said: “We expect free and fair elections if ever they are going to be there. We don’t need self-centred politicians, but people who will have people’s interests at heart.
We need people that will represent us in all spheres and make political decisions that favour investment in the country. We except pro-developmental decisions and we hope that the water situation in Bulawayo will not be politicised. Industries should be functional.
Siphiwe Mabhikwa from Northend suburb said: We want the implementation of the National Budget as it was presented by Finance minister Tendai Biti, not some of the money to be diverted to other projects.