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FAQ: Zim Dollar Reintroduction In Simple English

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What’s our official currency?

Now our official currency is called Zimbabwe Dollar. It’s now the legal tender.

What makes up the Zimbabwean Dollar?

The Zimbabwean Dollar is made up of RTGS balances, bond notes and bond coins, all unpopularly known as RTGS dollars.

So what has changed?

Prior to yesterday, you were able to make a payment using various foreign currencies (multi-currency system) but since yesterday you can only settle debts/payments using the Zimbabwean dollar which is the legal tender.

That means anyone or any shop that denies accepting RTGS, bond notes and coins (Zimbabwean dollars) to make a payment are violating the law of the land and if you report them they will be in for it.

Who can demand payment in forex?

Airlines are the only organisations that are allowed to demand payments in USDs/forex.

Does that mean if I have forex in my hand I can’t buy from the shops with it?

If you have USDs you have to go to a bank or bureau de change and change it to get the Zimbabwe dollars.

What about my USD’s/forex in an FCA account?

Mthuli Ncube says that money in USDs in FCA accounts is yours and you can keep it there (in the bank) or you can do whatever you like with it except that when you want to buy something in a shop, you’d have to change the USDs into Zimbabwean Dollars. In a nutshell, your USDs in the FCA are still intact and they haven’t been converted into Zim dollars.

Will duty be payable in Zim Currency or in foreign currency?

Duty for selected “luxury” goods is still payable using foreign currency. And yes you will pay the duty for your car with forex.

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12 thoughts on “FAQ: Zim Dollar Reintroduction In Simple English

  1. How do you get money out of your nostro in order to convert it to Z$? Are the banks going to transfer to ‘local’ accounts or give USD cash?

    1. Banks are licensed as bureau Dr change… If you want to change they will gladly do it

  2. What happens when receiving me from abroad through Moneygram, Western Union etc. Do I get US dollars or Zim dollars?

    1. ufuna ukuthenga..ngayo ezitolo..hamba uyeyishintsha ebhanga..ibe yiZim Dollar. Bese uyathengangayo ke

  3. Does that mean people can now pay their DStv accounts with our own local currency

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