Many of those of old age remained in country as Old Bob on taking power asked them to stay, to help the new country. Many did , especially those who went over in the early 50ies and were doing infrastructure, post office, police, nurses etc. 20 years later they retire and get their Zimbo pension.No, not quite. A great number in their old age have committed suicide rather than face starvation*. No escape. Many others have had a little put by elsewhere, or have sympathetic relatives in the UK, SA or Oz to help. A lot haven't. The ZANE system allows you to direct your donation to them; take a look at my link above.
* One of the saddest things I saw in Harare in the 2000s was the displays of hocked personal items - some clearly deeply treasured - for sale in shops at knockdown prices.
As the inflation sky rocketed their pension was worth nothing.
We left and in 1980 my old dear was getting 900 Quid a month , then 500 then 50 then 5 .
Funny talking to my Dr this morning, He had a SA accent size I asked him was he from there as I was from Zimbo/Rhodesia. No he was born in Angola, moved to SA as a teen and now in Portugal.
We were talking about the old times and he brought up the last time he went to Zimbo 5 years ago , they went on an African bus around Harare. He mentioned the bus stopped at a bus stop by a bank. Young girl gets on with 4 brick sized bundles of ZW $ about 200,000,000. He asked her or said to her hide that you will get robbed. She smiled and said no , I can only buy some eggs and bred with it.