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Shopping sprees increase tension with Zim's neighbours

It is early morning and groups of Zimbabwean women and men wrapped in blankets to ward off the chill are slowly waking from a night spent sleeping on the tarmac at a bus depot in Johannesburg, South Africa, waiting for the city's shops to open.

They arrived in two buses carrying long-distance shoppers from Zimbabwe, brought south by the empty shelves in their country to stock up on sugar, cooking oil, laundry soap and other basic commodities in South Africa's economic heartland.

The shopping veterans in the group exchange tips with the first-time shoppers on where to get the best prices for the commodities they have travelled hundreds of kilometres to buy.

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