Zambezi Motors has opened a dealership and service center in Francistown.
The multi million pula facilities have been hailed as a strategic business move that will provide service to the northern part of the country.
“Its strategic location will not only serve the range of government clients, but could offer extended service beyond our borders,” said the Minister of Transport and Communications, Nonofo Molefhi.
Speaking at the official opening of the facilities, Minister Molefhi the opening of Zambezi Motors Truck and Bus Service Center would slash costs of transporting vehicles from the north to Gaborone for minor services.
He said; “Taking the service to clients is commendable and we believe this will also enhance parts availability for Central Transport Organsiation (CTO) to timeously attend to minor problems, while major breakdowns will be attended by you, a stone throw away from our Northern CTO offices.”
Molefhi cautioned motor dealers from engaging in shady deals, as this will lead them to being blacklisted from doing business with government.
“We will continue to monitor this behaviour; if it doesn’t change we will have no choice but to procure directly from manufacturers as part of our tender specifications during our ITT preparation.
Some open branch workshops for tender participation only to close such soon after winning a tender.
Thus leaving CTO with the responsibility of taking over work that was hived off to the private sector,” he warned.
Meanwhile, government manages a fleet of 10 000 vehicles, heavy plant and machinery across the country.