Motorists avoid CBD parking spaces

Parking spaces in Bulawayo CBD

The controversial BULAWAYO City Council (BCC) parking meter scheme has brought in less than US$6,000 over the past two months as motorists continue to avoid parking spaces in the central business district due to high rates.

South African company Tendy Three Investment (Private) Limited (TTI) has won a $2 million tender to manage vehicle parking in Bulawayo.

TTI initially charged $1 for 30 minutes, but following a public outcry the fee was reduced to $1 for one hour.

The latest council minutes reveal that the joint parking management operation collected $3,488.90, R2,176.50 and $1,692,198.60 in parking fees between March and April.

Around $1,982, R510 and $636,072 were collected in blocking fees.

“CFO Kempton Ndimande reported that… TTI (Pvt) Ltd began collecting parking fees under the first phase of the PPP agreement on 18th February 2022. The board got 30% of the fee proceeds of parking and its 50% on the blocking fees, ”said the minutes read.

Civic groups, motorists and residents have expressed concerns about the deal as they doubt it would benefit them as taxpayers.

Meanwhile, the council has approved 286 construction plans worth more than $7 million, a 27.68% increase from the nearly $4 million raised in February.

The latest council minutes show 320 building plans were approved in February, 34 more than those approved in March, but significantly less in value.

The report indicates that a total of 2,132 inspections were carried out in February, which represents a decrease of 34.30% compared to the previous month due to transport and personnel problems.

“The building inspectors were always faced with transport problems which the section alleviates by sourcing municipal vehicles to supplement the locomotion of the officers. Vacancies within the section, particularly for building inspectors, were another factor in performance regression, as demand quickly overwhelmed current officers. »

The report also indicates that some properties issued with certificates of occupancy in the city. According to the laws (1977), no new building should be occupied without a certificate of occupancy issued by the local authority.

The report said the city fathers were concerned about a number of illegal structures and warned that buildings erected without approval plans faced

Occupants of dilapidated and unsightly buildings also received eviction notices.

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