People speak out on New Year’s expectations


NewsDay yesterday carried out a random survey in Harare, Kwekwe and Bulawayo to gauge public expectations for the year 2013. Below are the excerpts:


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.


  1. I’m not sure what is going to happen. I expect that things will go on as they are though. Nothing will change this year. If there are elections of course our King will win.

    We live in a Kingdom, the Kingdom of Zimbabwe, and Robert G. Mugabe is our King.

    Personally I like him, and I don’t like the MDC. Even though I am a white man, people should understand what our King has gone through in his life! It wasn’t easy to start ruling a country when so many of the people wanted him dead! Of course he had to be harsh!

  2. As a graduate who has been sitting at home doing nothing,since i havent managed to get a job,would like to see a govenment with policies that create employement coming into power so that i could make use of my academic qualifications,to repay my parents since they are the ones who sacrifed their hard earned cash for my education….

    • Depending on what your academic qualifications are, you might give a thought to getting a work visa in Canada, Australia or New Zealand. Most people when thinking of working abroad, think of going to the UK. Personally, I hated living in the UK, and found it very depressing.

      I spent two years working in Vancouver, Canada, and I loved it there… A lot of money to made there, and it’s a peaceful, prosperous country.

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