Shamukuni Aises Operators to Form Association

| April 20, 2015

The Member of Parliament (MP) for Chobe, Mr Ronald Shamukuni has aised transport operators in Kasane to form an association.

Speaking in an interview with BOPA recently, Mr Shamukuni said he was aware that transport operators were not utilising the gazetted bus rank as expected by the Department of Road Transport and Safety (DRTS).

He also said the introduction of the Kasane-Newstance route has proven to be a challenge for the Kasane-Kazungula Ferry route operators.

“I have received complaints from transport operators who feel that the bus rank is far from their customers who are obliged to walk quiet a distance to reach them, and that there are a handful of mini buses that park on the opposite side of the gazetted area in search of better shade,” he said.

He mentioned that a meeting with the Kasane DRTS officers has been scheduled to see what could be done to address the situation.

“Hopefully, the mini bus routes could be rationalised during this meeting to ensure that the transport system is profitable for both,” he added. Furthermore, he aised that the transport operators should form an association to enable them bargain as a body.

Zalapet Investments Transport Operator, Mr Petros Samunzala said there was no business for the Kasane-Ferry Border route since the introduction of the Kasane-Kazungula Newstance route.

“The residents of Kazungula-Newstance prefer to use the mini buses that travel through their ward and unfortunately for Kasane- Ferry Border mini buses, these are the same people we are targeting,” he said.

He also mentioned that there was a delay in acquiring passenger permits for the Kasane-Kazungula Newstance route, noting that he applied seven months ago and he was yet to receive a response.

He said there was no cooperation between mini bus operators and taxi operators, stating that the way he understood the deal was that taxi operators were supposed to manoeuvre in and around Kasane only.

DRTS Chief Traffic Assistant Mr Baliki Tsopane said that taxi operator routes were influenced by the agreement they have with their clients.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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