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50 more Zupco buses arrive from China

by Staff reporter
09 Sep 2021 at 06:10hrs | Views
FIFTY buses imported by Government from China have arrived into the country through Beitbridge Border Post to address transport challenges by capacitating the Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (Zupco). Hundreds of buses are being imported from China and Belarus as the New Dispensation's engagement and re-engagement drive continues to bear fruit.

In the last 12 months, Government has imported over 400 buses from the Asian economic powerhouse and Belarus. The conventional buses which have helped to restore sanity in the public transport sector are arriving via the Durban port in South Africa.

The latest batch of 50 Golden Dragon buses imported from China arrived in the country via Beitbridge between Sunday and Monday morning. The actual cost of the buses could not be readily verified, but a bus is sold at over US$50 000 in China.

Zupco's acting chief executive officer, Mr Everisto Madangwa said he will give more details regarding the importation of the buses at a later stage. "We are waiting for the buses to arrive in Harare. At this stage I cannot give much information," he said.

In separate interviews, border sources said they were expecting more buses to come in batches via the Durban Port in South Africa.

"We had to clear this contingent of 50 buses in batches of 10 to avoid congesting the border arena where space is currently limited due to ongoing modernisation works. The import documents are being processed by a customs clearing company contracted by the Government," said one border official.

Government has reaffirmed its commitment to ease transport challenges by availing reliable and affordable transport to the people in line with Vision 2030. A few days ago, Zupco entered into a deal with the National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) to ease transport problems in major urban areas starting with Bulawayo and Harare. The commuter train service started in Harare on Tuesday and more routes will be introduced nationwide.

Source - chronicle
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