Despite a heavy vehicular population, motorists have no difficulty finding parking space in the City of Manzini. The major shopping centers, The Hub, Bhunu Mall and Riverstone Mall provide ample off-street parking space at a small fee.
This kind of parking has not only provided the desired convenience among motorists but also a safe and secure environment for vehicles. Quite recently, an on-street pay parking programme was introduced in the City of Manzini resulting in a remarkable difference in terms of availability of parking space within nine (9) streets in the central business district.
The parking solution, popularly known as “PAKANI”, charges only E2.50 per hour. Motorists are required to pay the fee before alighting from their vehicles.
Failure to do so results in clamping of the vehicle as well as payment of a penalty charge. Attendants, identifiable by bright coloured reflective bibs, are always available along the streets to collect the fees.
Not all streets in the city centre attract payment. Pay streets are identifiable by a green marking. A parkade will soon be opened to motorists along Ngwane street to add more parking space.