ONE may be forgiven for thinking that commuter omnibuses (kombis) are back to basics, but alas, they are only back in a new format through the VAYA logistics delivery business.
VAYA, a subsidiary of mobile giant, Econet launched ‘VAYA Express Shopper’, a free personal shopping service that allows customers to shop desired groceries and make payment in a shop (online), and a dedicated ‘express shopper’ does the shopping for them, and delivers it to them.
The Government of Zimbabwe as part of means to curb the spread of the deadly bug, Covid-19, has forbidden private transport operators from plying any routes, unless they register and affiliate with public transport, the Zimbabwe United Passengers Company (ZUPCO).
This new innovative way by VAYA to assist citizens do they shopping online, amid the national lockdown – which began on March 30, 2020 and has since been extended by the President Emmerson Mnangagwa led administration – will probably see many of the once out of business kombis starting to find their way back into business after almost two months.
A survey by this publication has since noticed that most areas that were once mushika-shikas, especially along Rezende Street, VAYA branded kombis can be seen parked in their numbers, offloading goods or probably waiting to make deliveries.