'ZUPCO Resuscitation Has Created Over 1 200 Jobs'
The resuscitation of the Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (ZUPCO) has reportedly created over 1 200 jobs for people who are now working as drivers and conductors.
The revival of ZUPCO was given impetus by the January riots which followed an unprecedented fuel price hike which had made transport unaffordable.
Evaristo Madangwa, the ZUPCO acting chief executive officer, told State media on Wednesday that the company is eyeing a fleet of 3 000 buses to cover the whole country. He said:
In Bulawayo, we have 72 Zupco moving buses, but we need twice that number. Countrywide we are looking at eventually having 3 000 buses to service everyone.
That will be the full capacity of our buses that will cover all areas and all angles of the moving public.
That is where we are heading and it’s a process to gradually build our capacity. And we can rest assure everyone that something is happening.
We are at the moment talking about plus or minus 1 200 people who have been employed since inception. We have definitely made a contribution towards employment because the 1 200 people I’m talking about were not employed before, but are now on the Zupco workforce.
Madangwa said that the introduction of the e-ticketing system will eliminate revenue leakages. The system will allow ZUPCO customers to pay their bus fare in advance.