Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Public transport environment no longer viable; private operators down tools

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Below is an announcement by transport businesses on Wednesday morning:

– Attention all transport operators servicing Bulawayp routes –

AS BUPTA, TSHOVA MUBAIWA and BCT, we have unanimously agreed on downing tools and suspending operations with effect from Wednesday 22 May 2019. We cannot afford to offer service to commuters anymore with no returns. The operating environment is nolonger sustainable. Owners park your vehicles. Let no kombi ferry people to town from Wednesday until we also operate in a business friendly environment. Let us for now give space to the ZUPCOS and see if they will manage all routes on their. Kombi fare was 50c from 2009 to 2018 in Bulawayo, nearly 10 years. If we do not act we will lose these vehicles. We will fail to service them. We are suffering and we must be heard. Let us help each other find lasting solutions. We have suffered. It is enough.

Tshova Mubaiwa
BUPTA
BCT