BULAWAYO, Thursday, November 7, 1991 — Vendors at the Renkini rural bus terminus have complained that the proposed plan to fence off the premises and prohibit them from operating inside the terminus will destroy their business.
In a survey carried out by The Chronicle, most of the registered vendors complained that if the council went ahead with its plans their businesses would be greatly affected. They said that most of their customers would be unwilling to leave their goods unattended in the terminus to go and purchase goods from outside the terminus.
The director of Building and Amenities, Mr Mike Hapgood, told a recent council meeting that the fence would help to control entrances for business and passengers only. He said that vending bays would be established for licensed vendors outside the terminus.
One vendor at the terminus, Cde Mbulawa Sibanda, said the vendors’ removal from inside the terminus would not only destroy business but would inconvenience travellers.
“Passengers generally do not like to leave their goods unattended and they find it easier to buy from us because we operate near the parking bays,” he said.
He said the criminals would have a “field day” if vendors are made to operate from one place. He said thieves preferred to work in crowded places.
Another vendor said she did not see the reason why they were being stopped from selling inside the terminus because their licences enabled them to operate from the area.