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10

June

2022

CITY CONDEMNS VANDALISM OF DURBAN TRANSPORT BUSES

One of the buses damaged as a result of stone throwing by the young adults.

The City’s Transport Authority warns communities against throwing stones at buses and the life-threatening consequences of riding on the rear bumper of a moving bus. 

Durban Transport has been faced with this dangerous behavior conducted by young adults including school children.

On most afternoons, the stoning and bumper riding of buses has become the norm especially in areas like uMlazi and Ntuzuma.

In the past six months, about 82 buses had damaged windows caused by the stone throwing. This affects the City’s ability to provide an efficient public transport service while the windows of the buses are being repaired. This results in unnecessary costs for Council and affects bus availability.

The damage of Municipal property is a criminal offence and may lead to prosecution.

The youth are discouraged from riding on the back of moving buses which poses a danger to them and other motorists and could prove fatal. 

The City urges parents and the public to assist in stopping this dangerous behavior.

The public can report any incidents they witness to the police or to the uMlazi Depot on 031 906 2651, the Ntuzuma Depot on 031504 3421, or eThekwini Transport Authority on 082 268 4185.


6

May

2022

Additional construction work at Lenham/Longbury Drive and phoenix highway intersection

Motorists, commuters, public transport operators and residents in and around
Phoenix are advised of additional work to the current Phoenix Highway and
Lenham/Longbury Drive intersection construction work.

The additional work is on the south and north bound right hand side. This is to allow essential
construction work on the GO!Durban C9 route from May to 30 June 2022. Motorists travelling South from Phoenix Plaza, as they approach Phoenix Highway and Longbury Drive/Lenham intersection are requested to exercise caution as this is where a significant deviation to road lanes will be experienced on the south bound lane.


12

March

2022

ETA teams up with Operation Good Hope and cleans up Pinetown taxi ranks

eThekwini Transport Authority (ETA) along with other City departments tapped into the Operation Good Hope initiative, focused on the cleanliness of taxi rank facilities to improve the service offering by the taxi industry and service attractiveness for the commuters. The campaign runs from 7– 11 March.

Operation Good Hope is an ongoing programme that was initiated to address backlog and service delivery issues, particularly in CBDs, secondary CBDs, and townships around the City.

Coordinated by Area Based Management Unit (ABM), the clean-up team includes, ETA, South African National Taxi Association (SANTACO), Durban Solid Waste (DSW), Electricity Department, Parks and Recreation, Roads and Stormwater and Metro Police joined hands and dedicated two days of the Pinetown operation to cleaning Taxi ranks.

With a key focus of ensuring cleanliness of taxi ranks, clean-up operations included, unblocking storm water drains, high pressure cleaning, litter picking, street sweeping, cleaning of ablution and weed removal. Additionally, municipal by-law compliance checks were conducted with traders operating in taxi ranks.

ETA Head, Thami Manyathi said the joint venture with Operation Good Hope came about after engagements with SANTACO aimed at addressing public transport issues. “After an in-depth inspection between our officials and SANTACO assessing challenges faced by taxi operators and commuters this clean-up operation was one of our responses. The clean-up is in addition to the standard continuous cleaning conducted by the ETA.

This is not a first for ETA, we conducted a clean-up operation in Pinetown late last year and we envisage to do more to ensure safe and clean spaces for our commuters. Furthermore, in an effort of creating an improved overall public transport system and responding to the needs on the ground, we are adjusting our public transport plan to ensure that challenges raised by our stakeholders are addressed,” said Manyathi. SANTACO’s Durban West Region representative Petros Shezi said, “We are pleased that the City is addressing our needs on the ground by keeping the rank facilities clean. Feedback from our commuters has been positive and their experience has improved. We hope to continue working together with the municipality in improving our public transport. We also urge our commuters to do their bit and keep the facilities clean”.