The Sunday News
Vusumuzi Dube, Online News Editor
THE much anticipated Egodini Bus Terminus is set to open for commuter omnibuses and informal traders on Friday, with the developer confirming the completion of Phase 1A of the multi-million dollar project.
South African-based contractor — Terracotta Trading Private Limited has previously given varying timelines for the completion of the project citing a number of challenges for the continued delay, which include the Covid-19-induced lockdown.
The continued delay in the completion of the project has seen the city’s transport and vending sector degenerating into chaos in the Central Business District (CBD) with the limited space available. However, the developer last Friday announced that Phase 1A of the bus terminus was going to be opened this Friday.
From the plan, Phase 1A included the construction of the taxi rank, trader’s stalls, public ablutions, workshop, filling station and storage facilities.
Terracotta Director, Mr Thulani Moyo said the phase would have 1 100 informal trader stalls and 110 bay taxi rank with a handling capacity of over 30 000 public transport users per day and the associated social amenities.
“The objective of Phase 1A is to bring public transport users and informal traders back to Egodini in line with the strategic objective of the BCC and our goal of limiting the current CBD congestion. To ensure an organised and safe relocation process, informal traders will move back onto the site in a phased approach with the first batch of 400 informal traders commencing trading on Friday, 15 December 2023 to coincide with the opening of the taxi rank. The second and third batches will begin trading on site in February 2024,” said Mr Moyo.
He said applications for the first 400 stalls would begin on Tuesday, with the applicants required to apply in person at the Egodini Contact Centre, emphasising that there would be three intakes and interested informal traders should be patient.
“Applications for the balance of informal trader stall will continue until 31 January 2024. Priority will be given to those informal traders who were registered as trading on the site before the redevelopment started, subject to meeting leasing criteria set by the developer,” said the Terracotta director.
Mr Moyo said the applicants who were interested should bring a police certified national ID copy, valid informal traders licence and proof of residential address.
“Applicants will be shown the available informal trader bays and informed of the applicable rental rates, where they can then select their bay of choice, based on a first-come, first-serve basis, applicants must complete the prescribed application form and submit the required supporting documents.
“After that the applicants will be contacted within 48 hours advising if they have been successful or not, if successful, applicants will be invited to return to the contact centre to sign a lease agreement,” said Mr Moyo.
He said on completion of Phase 1A, the developer will start construction of the shopping centre.