Egodini will be handed over to BCC in April
BY PRAISEMORE SITHOLE
TERRACOTTA Trading (Private) Limited company, a property developer contracted to build the Egodini Mall in Bulawayo, has promised to hand over the project to the Bulawayo City Council (BCC) in April this year.
The project lasted more than seven years.
Terracotta director Thulani Moyo urged stakeholders to be patient, adding that the main challenge that has stalled the project was that the underground civil works required expertise.
He said the COVID-19 lockdown period also delayed the project.
However, Moyo said most of the underground civil works had been completed while most work on the project was four months behind schedule.
“Our projections are that we will complete the taxi rank in mid-April. Zupco taxis and Zupco buses will then return to the site and we will continue other work focused on informal traders, for Phase 1A,” Moyo said.
“So much work has been done here on site. It’s just that it is underground civil works, digging trenches, laying pipes, clearance works, laying sewer lines and underground storm drains . It’s actually a lot of work that requires engineers to pay attention to detail, and it’s actually more critical than the actual ground structure that people will be able to see. We call on stakeholders to be patient as we will soon be able to begin the actual construction. »
Moyo said road works will start on February 7 and should be completed by March 22 this year, while work on the taxi islands will start on March 7 and end on April 8.
The taxi stand steelworks began in August 2021 and work is expected to be completed by April 22.
“Sales stalls for informal traders will be constructed from February 14, and are expected to be completed by April 29. The area for informal traders which measures 7,250 square meters will be carried out from March 14 to May 13, while 98.7 tons will be put in place from January 10 to May 27 this year,” he said.
Other construction work at the site will include a Zupco row which will be constructed from March 7 to April 8.
City Clerk Christopher Dube said: “We urge Bulawayo residents and other stakeholders to understand that sometimes things don’t go as planned and contract changes need to be made here and there. However, work is being done underground.
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