Siren wrote:I'm sure that BA will one day resume service, but it is not going to happen while Mugabe or his ZANU-PF party control the country. It's possible under MDC leadership the country may turn around, but it's going to require time and effort to undo the damage of the last 40 years of mismanagement. Until the policies change, the economy won't recover - and as such, there won't be enough traffic to support a flight of any type to Harare. Right now, the connectivity options out of there support the local environment and business climate. If HRE could support a direct service, I'm certain it would be in place.
RWA380 wrote:Siren wrote:I'm sure that BA will one day resume service, but it is not going to happen while Mugabe or his ZANU-PF party control the country. It's possible under MDC leadership the country may turn around, but it's going to require time and effort to undo the damage of the last 40 years of mismanagement. Until the policies change, the economy won't recover - and as such, there won't be enough traffic to support a flight of any type to Harare. Right now, the connectivity options out of there support the local environment and business climate. If HRE could support a direct service, I'm certain it would be in place.
Greetings Siren, it seems you know a bit more than the average person about my home country. I 100% agree BA will NOT return until Mugabe is dead & gone. The problem is, in the last 36 years, Mugabe has raped Zimbabwe, literally & figuratively.
The man has no morals, no interests other than himself. The country of Zimbabwe will never be the same. The farmers were driven off or worse, there is no correct agriculture production in place. People are starving, the money is worthless (not traded by currency exchanges or banks).
The copper mines are shuttered & their is no form of support for the country except for tourism & the illegal big game poaching that is allowed in the country, if your checkbook balance is high enough, then you can blast away. That money of course ends up with Mugabe & they take off to China to shop & spend it all.
Even if he was gone today & not one person who followed his interests fell into power & the country was allowed to be a free society, it would take many smart, learned people to fix the troubles that this delightful country has experienced & many, many years it would take to pull the economy out of the huge pit that it's in.
If & When Zimbabwe turns around, it could become one of the faster emerging countries in Africa if they choose the solar & wind energy alternatives, available to them from the Chinese, hopefully when Mugabe dies.
My cousin, the last member to leave flew as a pilot for UM & finally moved to Mauritius with his dog & some pre-sent crates & 4 suitcases. He gave away his car, house & money, as it was all worthless. He is now retired & happy far enough away.
RWA380 wrote:I think BA would be happy to return to a country that is far more approachable about a myriad of operations ideals. I also think current security gaps need to be addressed. If BA were to return they'd have crew over nighting & BA needs to know their crews will remain safe. The Sale of tickets out of Zimbabwe would need to be sold in Pounds, Euros or US Dollars, not the Zimbabwe dollar.
evanb wrote:Firstly, while the political situation in Zimbabwe is rather poor, there is no specific security risk. It is a surprisingly safe country, particularly for foreigners. Secondly, the Zimbabwe Dollar doesn't exist anymore. While the government have been trying to reintroduce it, US Dollars are legal tender in Zimbabwe (as are a host of other currencies) and all airlines are currently pricing and selling Zimbabwe originating tickets in forex. Neither security or currency is the impediment. I would say it's that there is no business case for flights.
evanb wrote:The degradation of the infrastructure over the last decade is so severe that it'll take years to recover.
Siren wrote:I'm not so sure the infrastructure is in as poor condition as you state. While I was there (in 2011), I experienced a reliable electric grid, fully functional traffic signaling devices on the streets, well paved good roads for the most part. I can't speak to the condition of the sewer and municipal water systems, but I believe the home in Borrowdale that I stayed in was fed from a well and then filtered. Drinking water was supplied separately... if things have degraded significantly since 2011, then I'm not privy to that - but as of 2011, things were in fairly good condition. I had reliable cellular data and voice on 3G GSM and reliable fast internet access.
evanb wrote:Siren wrote:
I think you'll be shocked at home much things have deteriorated since then.
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