Kombis move out of Egodini terminus

Commuter omnibuses at Basch Street Terminus (Egodini) in Bulawayo recently

Commuter omnibuses at Basch Street Terminus (Egodini) in Bulawayo recently

Pamela Shumba/Prince Sunduzani, Chronicle Reporters
THE Basch Street Terminus in Bulawayo, popularly known as Egodini, will be closed from today to pave way for the construction of a multi-million dollar mall, with informal traders and commuter omnibus operators relocating to other sites.

The Bulawayo City Council (BCC) yesterday said the closure of the terminus would pave way for the commencement of the $60 million project being undertaken by Terracotta Trading (Private) Limited.

“The City of Bulawayo would like to advise commuters, stakeholders, commuter omnibus operators, informal traders and residents that the Basch Street Terminus (Egodini) will be closed from Tuesday 20 March 2018 to pave way for the construction of the Egodini Mall.

“The redevelopment of the transportation interchange is expected to take 15 months. During the redevelopment of Egodini, temporary pick up points and termini have been established and these will complement existing termini,” said the BCC in a statement.

It said new designated sites have been identified and handed over to commuter omnibus operators and informal traders to allow smooth operations in the city.

“These new facilities have been handed over to bona fide companies registered and recognised by the council and no one else is allowed to use these facilities without the permission of the council.

“Offending operators and commuters will be arrested and prosecuted in terms of the law. The City of Bulawayo would like to encourage members of the public to kindly use the designated sites,” BCC said.

Council has already finished preparing new vending sites and kombi termini.

The local authority’s senior public relations officer, Mrs Nesisa Mpofu, said vendors and transport operators can now move into the new working areas.

She said the relocation process was being conducted by a technical team comprising of BCC officers and informal traders’ representatives.

A survey conducted by The Chronicle showed that vendors had started using the new bays along Sixth Avenue and Lobengula Street.

“The City of Bulawayo has completed the marking of bays and surfacing of the new termini. Discussions have been ongoing with the informal traders to ensure smooth relocation to the new sites,’ said Mrs Mpofu.

According to a relocation plan issued by the city council, Bellevue and Pumula commuter omnibuses have been moved to Lobengula Street between 11th and 13th Avenue while all commuter omnibuses using Luveve Road will now be ranking at Lobengula Street and 3rd Avenue.

The commuter omnibuses using the Richmond route will be relocated to City Hall while those using routes to the northern areas of the city will operate from Lobengula Street and 2nd Avenue.

Other selected transport operators and informal traders will be moved to Lobengula Street and 6th Avenue. The city council said its engagements with stakeholders will continue.

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  • Tipeiwomasanzu Garaikokozvenyu

    Lets hope mari hayidyiwi apa, infact such projects are difficult to manage. Nekuti zvinoitika ndezvekuti, too many people will be after the money.

    Abaholi bezokwakhiwa kwe Harare Airport eminyakeni edlule bahleli ngesinqe esisodwa basolwa ngokugwazisa njengoba kuthiwa sekuqale uphenyo ngalezi zinsolo. Kulolu phenyo, kuthinteka umphathi wenye Company nomunye u Minister okuthiwa bangamathe nolimi. Sishubile isimo njengoba sekukhona nofakazi oseculisa okwenyoni, ekhipha amaqiniso ngezinsolo zokugwazisa ezibhekiswe kulaba. “Kunofakazi osephenywe wagcina elikhulumile iqiniso. Kukhona lapho eqoshwe khona evuma ukuthi ubecubuza amagabade ku Minister emboleka izimoto.

    “Lo mphathi usebenzisana noMinister ekugwaziseni abanye abafuna ama tenders.
    Omunye umthombo uveze ukuthi lo fakazi useke wagwazela lo Minister ngo-$150 000 ukuze izinto zakhe zihambe kahle. Ngesikhathi ethintwa uminister lo ngalolu phenyo, uthe akanalo ulwazi lwalokho. “Noma ngabe lukhona uphenyo olunjalo angivumelekile ukuthi ngingakhuluma ngalo. Xhumana nabakhulu be Company leyo ” kusho uminister. “Ngokwazi kwami alukho uphenyo oluthinta ukwakhiwa kwe Airport okuthiwa bagwazelwe. Uma kukhona onolwazi ngalokhu kugwazelwa, sicela alethe ubufakazi ukuze siphenye,” kusho uminister. Omunye wabathintekayo uvumile ukuthi useke wabizwa ezophenywa. “Angazi uphenyo lumayelana nani kodwa ngifike ngabuzwa ukuthi ikhona yini inkinga enginayo ngo Minister.Wenqabile ukuchaza okuningi ngophenyo.

    Zvakawoma vakomana.

    • Question Mark?

      Iwe nechiZURU chakwe iwe uchatinetsa panapa. Kanti ChiHudhu chakakufonyora breni kuZURUrandi? Kana zviri kunetsa shandisa saini rangweji. its one of the 16. Indaba so?

      • Tipeiwomasanzu Garaikokozvenyu

        Stop tribalism, kana munhu ari mu Ndebele speak Ndebele also why munekusarura so, ma Shona mubne problem handiti.

        Amashona yiyona inkinga, umama sibili.

        • worried_zimbo

          Not all bafo, lo uyahlanya straight

      • jkms

        wena isitshona sakho asimangalisi hamba uyekude le.

  • MSAKANDA

    development we welcome you

    • Tipeiwomasanzu Garaikokozvenyu

      Iyancomeka lendaba kodwa ke kufanele kuthathwe iy’nyathelo ukuthi abantu banglingeki bathathe imali yohlelo lolu, begwazela lena abayibiza ngo Bribe

  • mathe

    l hope they are not trying to create chaos like in that other city, any access to public toilets in the new areas or the people will just relieve themselves on the pavements

  • Martin Chipimo

    The Project has been on the card for many many years, hope this time around it will take off. No politicking!!!!!!!!!!!!!!