Harare - Walk into Pedzai Nyika’s furniture factory in Zimbabwe’s capital and he’ll offer a 20% discount straight away - provided you pay in cash.
He’s not alone. A shortage of banknotes gripping the southern African nation has become so dire that business are offering huge discounts to cash-paying customers and limiting the amounts they can charge on credit cards or refusing to accept them altogether.
"I am desperate. Business is very slow, so really I need to do anything I can to retain cash flow," Nyika, 46, said by phone from his office in Harare. Most fabric suppliers "only accept dollar notes, nothing else and certainly not cards."