Constant delays in the completion of the Egodini Mall are evoking the loss of other illustrious constructions such as the renowned Cape to Cairo in Bulawayo residents.
A South African firm hired to build the multimillion-dollar Egodini Mall in Bulawayo has constantly failed to fulfil the deadline set for the project since 2018 when it begun.
The project was scheduled to be finished by the end of April of this year.
The Bulawayo City Council granted Terracotta Trading Limited (TTPL) a US$60 million tender in 2016 for the reconstruction of the Basch Street terminal, also known as Egodini, under the Build Operate and Transfer (BOT) facility.
Since then, the multimillion-dollar project has struggled, prompting both citizens and councillors to urge that the agreement be terminated.
Others fear the illustrious project will veer off and result in the change of use of the project as has already happened with another illustrious building in the City of Kings.
Commenting on the issue a Bulawayo resident Allan Moyo warned of a repeat loss.
“One day people will rally and march to BCC to demand answers on Egodini Mall.
“Local authorities are getting comfortable with our silence on a lot of things. I’m still hurt by what happened to Cape to Cairo,” he said.
Another resident, Lisa Ngeni, said Cape to Cairo was “turned into government offices (and) the old design was completely destroyed.”
Cape to Cairo
Bulawayo’s historic Cape to Cairo, a renowned restaurant and jazz pub was recently taken over and turned into offices of Master of the High Court to the dismay of many Bulawayo residents and revellers.
It is now the home to the Judicial Services Commission.
Speaking about the change of use Rumbidzai Takawira, the JSC communications and corporate affairs head said the building was historic.
“A historical structure, Cape to Cairo building is a fitting home for the Master of the High Court in Bulawayo.
“It has been the wish of the Judicial Services Commission to provide the Master of High Court officers in Bulawayo with their own building,” she said.
In its prime the Cape to Cairo building hosted the likes of Dorothy Masuka, Cool Crooners, Chiwoniso Maraire and Sam Mtukudzi.
Bulawayo United Residents Association chairperson Winos Dube chipped in saying, “The congestion in the CBD is being caused by closure of Egodini. The congestion causes confusion and disturbances to traffic flow.
“People should put heads together and come up with a solution. We want to see Egodini Mall coming to life. We are worried whether or not the Egodini project will be completed.”
Most of the Bulawayo industrial premises are empty shells, with some being used as churches after several companies closed in 2008 due to collapse of the economy together with the Zimbabwe dollar.