Zimbabwe at independence had so much going for it. Tremendous tourist potential with spectacular scenery, well stocked game reserves, spectacular tourist attractions such as the Victoria Falls (one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World), a pleasant temperate climate, tremendous natural resources, gold, platinum and other precious ores, a modern banking sector, skilled manufacturers and an efficient road and railway network. The Zimbabwean people were among the best educated in Africa. And Zimbabwe was blessed with one of the most productive and efficient agricultural economies in Africa.
Yet 24 years after independence, Zimbabweans are dramatically poorer and have greatly shortened life expectancy. At independence a Rhodesian dollar was worth more than an American dollar. Today it would take 20 000 Zimbabwe dollars to buy one US dollar.