ZUPCOZimbabwe United Passenger Company (government-owned bussing)
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Zupco struggled to maintain its old lead role in the public transport faced by stiff competition from kombis, regular buses, which load anywhere, and move faster than the conventional buses.
Table 14: Semantic shift Prefix Abbreviation/ Acronym New referent/meaning Acronym derivation i- CSC isiesi First grade beef i-/u- ZUPCO izuphukho/ A ZUPCO bus uzuphukho i- SOWETO isowetho A residential area in South Africa/ wing at Barbour fields stadium i- USA iyusa A USA dollar i- DOTS idotsi T.B.
For when it opened the floodgates and allowed in the imports, it did not envisage how much its own bus company, the Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (ZUPCO) would be affected.