beitbridge.jpgBeitbridge Town Council says it is generating revenue of up to R30 000 a month, following the construction of a truck port last year that seeks to accommodate haulage trucks passing through the Beitbridge border post.

 

 

The project that has been computerised accommodates between 200 and 250 trucks. 

 

In an interview with ZBC News, the Town Clerk, Dr Sipho Nsingo said the idea to construct a truck port was necessitated by the need to curb the continued damage of the town’s roads by haulage trucks as well as reduce the amount of littering in the border town, while generating the much-needed revenue for developmental projects.

 

The council project, which involves a contract with five transport companies that own six hundred trucks between them in addition to business coming from other transport operators, charges R20 for every 12 hours.

 

Dr Nsingo said while the truck port currently offers toilet and shower facilities, plans are underway to procure equipment that will see

tyre pressure and repairing being part of the services offered to truck drivers.

 

Meanwhile, the Beitbridge Town Council that had allocated the bulk of its US$6 million from the 2010 national budget to improving its road infrastructure says significant progress has been made in that area, with the repair and maintenance of targeted roads expected to be completed by September.

 

Dr Nsingo said the council also seeks to ensure that tower lights on its major roads are attended to in order to improve lighting in the border town.