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Empowerment Charter workshop 2014

In a bold move for the transport sector, GO!Durban, the city’s integrated rapid public transport network (IRPTN), one of the largest infrastructure projects in South Africa, unveiled its unique Empowerment Charter after a day’s workshop with various stakeholders. The Empowerment Charter is not a preferencing policy, nor an embellishment of the BEE regulations, but is a series of additional specifications added by the GO!Durban project to all contracts awarded on the project. These additional clauses are targeted at addressing unemployment, poverty and inequality in the Metro.

The Mayor called on citizens in the spirit and context of empowerment, to “dare to care” not only about their individual needs, but the needs of those around them. “I ask you to lend a thought to the millions, that my station mandates that I serve, who are caught in between your needs and desires.  I ask you to care for them, and see beyond your needs and requirements to their needs and requirements and invite them to participate in the economy that you have created around yourself, your business or organisation.”

“In my mind ‘empowerment’ is the manner in which we give our citizens the tools to better themselves in a moral and accountable way,” said the Deputy Mayor, Cllr Nomvuzo Shabalala, who opened the proceedings. “The GO!Durban Empowerment Charter has been crafted to specifically address both the complexity of a new Public Transport System and to ensure that fair opportunity is given through several different platforms.”

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Non-Motorised Transport Programme rolls out alongside GO!Durban

“This is a City for People not a City for cars”, was the message given by His Worship the Mayor of the eThekwini Municipality, Councillor James Nxumalo, echoing the vision of the City of Curitiba, Brazil, at the launch of the City’s Non-Motorised Transport Network today at the Green Hub in Durban. He reaffirmed the City’s “commitment for the development of public transport infrastructure plans to harness people power to propel themselves forward.”

Most cities in the world that have improved their transportation infrastructure by creating sustainable integrated rapid public transport networks have included a Non-Motorised Transport component. This includes all means of transport that are “human powered” like walking, and cycling, and variants such as roller skates, skateboards, push scooters and hand carts, as well as wheelchair travel, but also includes “animal powered” such as horse and carriage drawn transport.

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Temporary road closure on the MR 577

As part of development of the dedicated bus lanes for GO!Durban, the eThekwini Municipality’s new integrated rapid public transport network, there will be a temporary road closure of the northbound carriageway of the MR 577/Dumisani Makhaye Drive between Newlands Express Way and Inanda Road intersections on Thursday, 18 September 2014 between 9:00 and 15:00.

Drivers are requested to find alternate routes to their destinations during this time.

The MR 577 is part of what is called the C3 corridor of GO!Durban which will link Bridge City in KwaMashu to Pinetown CBD.

“Your patience as commuters, public transport operators and drivers is greatly appreciated as the city strives to bring its citizens a more efficient, safer and faster public transport network in the future.” Says Carlos Esteves, Deputy Manager Road System Management.