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December

2017

GO!Durban stations are world-class

The first GO!Durban prototype station structure, at the intersection of Regent Street and Qashana Khuzwayo Roads in New Germany, has been completed! Its universal access and fare gates were tested, and the finishing touches are being done to the interior.

This is one of a number of stations currently being constructed on the first route of the new transport network from Pinetown to KwaMashu. According to Thami Manyathi, Head of the eThekwini Transport Authority, “these new stations are no ordinary “bus stops” but are the first step towards a new technological approach in public transport addressing the needs of a developing City.”

By 2030, the new transport network, will eventually have eight dedicated bus lane routes and one rail route, which will link the eThekwini Municipality from north to south and east to west. The first route, which is nearing completion, runs from Pinetown CBD through New Germany, Clermont, KwaDabeka, Newlands and Inanda ending at Bridge City in KwaMashu.

Stations will have a fully integrated CCTV system and electronically controlled ticketing system that will ensure commuters can travel safely, cost effectively and reliably. The current MUVO Smartcard technology being used on some public transport buses around Durban, will be integrated within this new system. In addition, there will be an Advanced Public Management Transport System that will provide passengers with information on bus arrival times. Information will be available on electronic displays at stations, on buses and also via Mobile Applications.

Each station will provide level boarding in compliance with universal accessibility (UA), meaning that people in wheelchairs, pushing prams and carrying suitcases, can access the station and bus with ease. The stations and buses will also be compliant with UA standards, with visual and auditory prompts for people with hearing or sight challenges. The City is also currently testing out Wi-Fi on selected People Mover Buses ahead of the new GO!Durban system going operational next year in order to see patterns of usage and uptake. Results of this test will determine the roll-out and availability of Wi-Fi in the new system.

It is planned that seven stations will begin functioning once the GO!Durban system begins in mid-2018.


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November

2017

GO!Durban Construction Scoops National Accolades

Recently, the eThekwini Municipality received an award and commendation for two projects at the annual South African Institute of Civil Engineers(SAICE) Awards gala event for Most Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievements for 2016/2017.

SAICE received almost 60 project entries from across the country to compete for these prestigious awards. It included awards for international and technical excellence, as well as community-based projects.

On the back of receiving the highly recommended regional award for technical excellence earlier this year, the eThekwini Municipality won the national “Herrenknecht Technical Excellence Award” for the M25- C9 Underpass, which links KwaMashu to Phoenix Industrial at the start of the GO!Durban bus rapid transit (BRT) C9 route to Umhlanga Ridge.

In its citation SAICE said: “The underpass has been designed to provide passage for both dedicated busways and ordinary traffic, to eliminate the need for a second route across the M25 at another location. The project is also of significant architectural value and substantially improves the aesthetic appearance of the surrounding environment. The interchange provides an essential connection between a cluster of new Bridge City developments and the Phoenix Industrial area, while threading an entirely new transport system through the city’s existing infrastructure.”

Another section of the GO!Durban C3 route (KwaMashu to Pinetown), the provincial Main Road 577 through KwaDabeka Valley, a joint project between SANRAL and the eThekwini Municipality, was given a commendation at the ceremony.

SAICE’s citation said: “The project consisted of the construction of drainage, earthworks, a reinforced soil retaining structure and rock-fall protection on Main Road (MR) 577, which was developed as a link between residential areas to the north of the uMngeni River and economic opportunities to the south. The intricacy of the original design required expert engineering judgement, integrating the geometric requirements of a four-lane arterial road into complex and challenging terrain. The final section up the KwaDabeka Valley displays both the art and science of civil engineering and is easily seen and appreciated by anyone who travels the road. The MR 577 reduces the travel distance for commuters between KwaMashu and Pinetown by 12 kilometres and provides a vital regional additional crossing of the uMngeni River.”

The integrated public transport network will eventually link Durban through eight dedicated bus lanes and a rail route.


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November

2017

Celebrating National Disability Rights Awareness Month

November 3 was the official launch of Disability Rights Awareness Month in South Africa. The national launch took place in eThekwini in partnership with, among others, the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government and eThekwini Metro. With the focus for the launch falling on affirming the rights of young persons with intellectual disabilities, the programme focused on two organisations whose mandate is to promote, protect and uphold the rights of persons with intellectual disabilities, i.e. the Durban Coastal and Mental Health (DCMH) and Special Olympics.