By the way, I went there today and oh boy, have these guys done a fantastic job. Sushi bar, Olive oil on tap. It's as if, we're in SA...!" that statement tells me what kind of zambian you are. i've met and known many zambians like yourself
.... "I have mine too. And mine is the sub par quality presented to me when right next to these products I have the choice of a better looking & better tasting product with detailed nutritional info I need"
and who do you think enforces the standards to do with quality and labeling? why do you want to sale yourselves short? zambians can compete with anyone, but they need govt. support, since you're so attached to sa products, take time to research their agric sector and you'll find out how much help they get from their govt, that's the case in any country and that's the point i'm making. zambian politicians think just opening all these stores without any guidelines is in fact investment when it's just day light robbery.
chimbwili you don't see anything wrong with your politicians and their policies or lack of, it's because of such mind sets that zambia will continue to falling behind despite having so much. open your eyes and look. stand up and be counted, demand answers and yes be patriotic and that doesn't only mean buying zambian products, it also means questioning your local representatives and politicians and instead of wanting to live like you're in south africa when you're in fact in zambia.
supply and demand so what, zambians can supply just like south africans can do and that's what i'm trying to tell you, you seem to be saying that as a zambian you can not be at par with the rest of the world, well with that kind of mentality you will. it's the govt's duty and responsibility to support it's local industries, that also goes into giving zambians a advantage over foreigners, but in zambia it's the other way round.
the current polices aimed at creating so called investments is killing zambian dreams. i'm speaking from first hand experience. you don't know how much red tape there is for zambians even do basic things in starting up a business as a zambian, meanwhile a muzungu comes up with a similar and they are given all sorts of special treatment, are you freaking kidding me?
it's happening everywhere, you've all these mining investors they come with their own staff, we have one of the best mining schools in the world, where do you think they'll get jobs in chile? i reject the notion you're presenting that zambia can't supply or compete, may be kind of zambian that you are because you want to live in this illusion that if you eat or buy certain merchandize that you would if you were in a different country then you too are living like those abroad. when i come home i don't buy my fruits and vegies in any of these stores, i go to the local market
in zambia, anything that opens up that's a branch of a sa franchise is seen as a good thing, as an investment, No, do you think that the govt even takes time to study or even read up on these joints?, to them and it seems to you, if you can have just as many joints as they have in south african then you too will be considered developed, that's really misguided. there's nothing zambia is getting out of these franchises, they are taking all their profits away. so you go ahead and shop at these stores, on your way home just may be reality will hit you that you're in fact in zambia when you see what/who is around you.