Chinese investors have been engaged to assemble buses in Zimbabwe in the medium to long term. Minister Moyo said: “The Chinese are looking at if they can use completely new or use existing old plants.
“It is our desire that we assemble here because it creates jobs. It reduces the foreign currency outlay and it affords us to buy more.”
More than 1 000 buses have been acquired from China, of which 100 are expected in the country by the end of next week. Addressing rural district councillors last week, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said allocations of the new buses will be biased towards rural areas.
Government will also be modernising bus termini around the country, with designs presently being worked on.
“I have a meeting with prospective investors on Monday. We categorised the type of stations that we want.
“We gave them a week to work on the designs. We are asking for a number of companies like banks and pension schemes to invest at areas like Coca Cola (Graniteside), because we want to make it intra-city.
“We are doing the same in Bulawayo, and I have met with the Mayor (Councillor Solomon Madlala Mguni) and town planners,” said Minister Moyo.