The Chronicle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BULAWAYO, Thurs­day, April 20, 1967 — Bulawayo City Coun­cil is to set up a sub-com­mit­tee to dis­cuss com­plaints about the bus ser­vice with the op­er­at­ing com­pany, fol­low­ing a plea at yes­ter­day’s coun­cil meet­ing by Clr L Sexon that the ser­vice be in­ves­ti­gated.

It was said at the meet­ing that peo­ple should send their com­plaints about the ser­vice to the Town Clerk’s of­fice where the sub-com­mit­tee could bring them to the at­ten­tion of the com­pany.

Clr Sexon said that for years peo­ple had been com­plain­ing about the ser­vice and noth­ing had been done. A few months ago he had put for­ward com­plaints and crit­i­cisms to the gen­eral man­ager and noth­ing had been done.

“There has been a de­te­ri­o­ra­tion in the ser­vice. There has been sugar cane, poul­try bas­kets, pro­duce sacks placed in the aisles, while Euro­pean women are not al­lowed to board the buses be­cause they have prams.”

A few min­utes be­fore the coun­cil meet­ing, a let­ter had been re­ceived from the gen­eral man­ager which re­ferred to a win­dow that was bro­ken dur­ing the 1965 dis­tur­bances. Through­out the rainy sea­son peo­ple could not sit on seats near the win­dow be­cause they were wet.

“There were many more com­plaints. It is the duty of coun­cil to pro­vide a clean and ef­fi­cient bus ser­vice,” said Clr Sexon.

Clr Gold­wasser said ratepay­ers had voiced ex­treme dis­sat­is­fac­tion with the bus ser­vice. In the last year of petrol ra­tioning, the im­por­tance of bus ser­vice had in­creased. “More Euro­peans have sup­ported the ser­vice, but it has not in­creased. The sched­ules are im­pos­si­ble and it is time that we, as mu­nic­i­pal­ity took no­tice,” he said.

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