Cement is now in short supply in Zimbabwe due to high demand.
The majority of hardwares and other outlets that normally sell cement were out of stock while prices had been hiked to between $15 and $20 a bag compared to the recommended retail prices averaging $11.50 for PC and $10 for masonry.

“We do not have any cement. It’s a crisis. That is why some shops have increased prices because when we ask our suppliers they are telling us that they do not have any in stock. A shortage of cement will sabotage the growth of the economy,” a shop attendant told The Standard.

Cement is now more readily available on the black market where the going price is $20 per bag.

“Prices have been on the rise in the past three days. Maybe it is the said sanctions now taking a toll on us,” said a dealer at Mbare’s Magaba area.