City of Harare have found a new investor to develop Copacabana bus terminus into a multi use facility hosting a bus terminus, offices, banks and shops among other modern facilities, 263Chat can reveal.
In an interview with 263Chat, City of Harare spokesperson Micheal Chideme said they plan to make Copacabana a market place for the informal sector adding that a partner has already been found to develop the populated terminus into a multi-use facility.
“Copacabana is one of the terminus in Harare, we have been calling for investors to come and partner with us to develop our bus termini so that we develop them to modern standards so we have a partner who has already came on board to develop Copacabana into a multi use facility that have a bus rank, offices, banks, pharmacies and we are building going upwards.
“We can have a city like Harare with single story buildings, with open spaces like Copacabana so we are going to fully utilize the space and we also provide a market place for informal sector there,” said Chideme.
He added that they have new sites for additional bus ranks in Harare that will help in reducing congestion within the city.
“We have new sites for additional bus ranks in Harare whereby we have one opposite Rhodes view police station its under development,we have one at Coventry road ,another one is along Bulawayo road near National sports stadium ,another one near Parirenyatwa group of hospitals,another one is at Mbudzi and we also developing Mbare Musika so that we spread the love and decentralize the transport system in Harare .
” We are doing this to decongest the CBD so that we don’t get kombis cris-crossing the CBD but we have an organised transport system so we are almost there in terms of providing convenience to the public,” he said.
According to Chideme, they issued a call in 2015 with the plan of demolishing Copacabana terminus to build a state-of-the-art $20 million shopping mall.