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    Joy Mabenge Recalls Million-Dollar SIM Card Sale

    ActionAid Country Director for Zimbabwe, Joy Mabenge, has recalled how he made over a million Zimbabwe dollars from the sale of a Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) card.

    The socio-economic justice activist said he sold the SIM card for ZW$1,450,000 during the country’s hyper-inflationary period.

    At the time, the mobile phone industry in the country cashed in on acute shortages, according to Financial Gazette.

    ‘On 26 January, 2005 (almost 17 years ago), I sold a [SIM] card I had been given by someone for a whooping ZW$1,450,000 (One million four hundred and fifty thousand Zim dollar). I was a rich bugger with over a mil from a [SIM] card!’, Joy tweeted.

    Joy has 20 years of experience spread in economic justice, democracy, human rights, governance and business.

    He has previously directed the Zimbabwe Coalition on Debt and Development (ZIMCODD), and the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition.

    During the country’s implementation of the five-year inter-party agreement (2008–2013), Joy worked with the Institute for a Democratic Alternative for Zimbabwe.

    Joy also runs trainings for various entities on political ideology, movement building, activist learning, strategic thinking, grassroots mobilisation and campaigns, and coalition building among other key subjects.

    Source: Joy Mabenge

    Photo source: ActionAid Zimbabwe

    Chinonso Kenneth
    Chinonso Kennethhttps://www.impacthouse.ltd
    Chinonso Kenneth Onwurah is a solution-focused journalist, policy analyst and research writer in the thematic areas of good governance, environmental sustainability and gender equality. He holds a master's degree in Political Economy and Development Studies.

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