The Acting Mayor of the City of Bulawayo, Councillor Gift Banda has said that the Egodini Mall project will take off in the next few months following the finalisation of logistical arrangements.
Speaking at the launch of Egodini Mall held on Monday, 29 February 2016 at the Council Chamber, the Acting Mayor said that it was the City’s hope that mid-year, the groundwork would have started towards ensuring that the proposed US$60 million dollar Mall becomes a reality.
“It has been a long walk from the date of tendering up to this day. During this time, team members of both parties – Council and Terracotta have engaged in hard negotiations to arrive at the current status where both are agreed that bulawayo values this project and therefore need to see it through to fruition,” said Councillor Banda.
Mr Thulani Moyo from the Terracotta Trading Private Limited said that the project was being developed after a realisation that there was lack of proper infrastructure, poor commuter system and need to address informal trading at the current Egodini Complex. He added that the project was aimed at integrating various public transport modes, creating a modern, safe and quality environment for public transport users, providing other ancillary commercial, retail and entertainment experiences for public transport users.
“The aim of the project is integrating various public transport modes to other ancillary services and linking the Egodini Precinct to the rest of the Bulawayo Central Business District and creating an exceptional public environment and ‘city monument, said Moyo.
He added that the development of Egodini Mall will create job opportunities for the Bulawayo Citizenry with local labour contractors and suppliers set to benefit. Moyo further noted that his organisation would be willing to work with skilled personnel, companies with proper pricing and training of their members of staff to ensure a world class facility.
Speaking at the same event, the Acting Town Clerk Mrs Sikhangele Zhou highlighted that the City of Bulawayo had made several strides towards ensuring the smooth start of the Egodini Mall. She highlighted that Council had identified various sites as Bus Termini during the period of construction at Egodini.
“Transport operators will move to Lobengula Street and 2nd Avenue, Lobengual Street and 3rd Avenue, Lobengula Street and 12th Avenue. We have also identified holding bays where BUPT Limited will be operating from CSC Complex Old Terminus and Tshova Mubaiwa will have its holding bay at the Old Belmont Bus Terminus,” said Zhou.
She added that Council had started conscientising Kombi operators from Egodini, Vendors and companies operating from Egodini of the possibility of moving. She noted that Council would start the process as soon as the contractor had indicated that he was ready to be on the ground.
John McCormick of McCormick Property Developers, the Technical partner said that the company had divided the project in three phases. They expected the redevelopment to be finalized within 2 and a half years, with the finalisation of the third phase.
The proposed mall is sitting on 5, 6228 hectares terminus which Council put out for tender for the development of a regional transport hub to serve the City, the region as well as Southern Africa. The facility serves as a natural link and transit point between the western high density suburbs of the city and the low density areas of the city as well as the Central Business District. It is a focal point of the Southern regions of the country and the town through Egodini which is linked directly to Plumtree to the west, Beitbridge to the south, Victoria Falls to the North west and Harare and Mutare to the north east. The Mall could handle upward of 3 million travelers every month.
Date: Tuesday, 01 March 2016