The recruitment process for the Egodini Mall Project in Bulawayo is set to begin this month following the opening of a contact centre.
This was revealed at the official launch of the Contact Centre on Friday which was attended by representatives from government, the Bulawayo City Council, Terracorta Engineering firm and other key stakeholders.
Mr Thulani Moyo, the director of the South African engineering firm, Terracorta, which won the tender to construct the state of the art mall, told the gathering that the contact center which will start functioning on October 15, 2018, will act as the employment and information center for the project.
“Those interested to work at the project will go and register at the job database and those selected will be called once there is an opportunity suitable for them,” said Moyo.
He said the project is people-driven hence once it is fully sustainable, 10% shareholding will be availed to any ordinary person from Bulawayo.
Speaking at the same event, His Worship the Mayor of Bulawayo Councillor Solomon Mguni said the opening of the centre marks the beginning of the project.
“The City of Bulawayo is proud of this double-pronged initiative that seeks to renew the city and change the face of Bulawayo.
“We are at this centre to mark the beginning of the project. The Egodini Mall is a game changer in all aspects and Bulawayo will never be the same again,” said Cllr Mguni.
The mayor said the project will spearhead local development and promote employment across all sectors.
“We expect the Egodini redevelopment to speak to the local economy as it will assist the construction sector and spill off industries,” he said.
Mguni added: “The jobs to be developed through this centre are not necessarily casual labour but jobs in major industries that supply material such as steel, cement, bricks and other construction related material.”
South African civil engineering firm, Terracorta, was in 2015 awarded a $60 million tender to develop Egodini to a state-of-the-art regional transport hub and mall.
However, there has not been any development since 2015 until in March 2018 when Egodini was fenced off, and vendors and commuter omnibus operators relocated to new vending sites.