EThekwini Municipality Celebrates Transport Milestones and Developments during National Transport Month
October is National Transport Month in South Africa – a campaign that showcases transport infrastructure, services and flagship programmes that are being delivered by different transport departments, Authorities and entities across all modes - including, aviation, maritime, roads and rail and public transport.
This year, the eThekwini Municipality has a number of programmes and plans in place to celebrate and showcase local milestones and developments in transport that are ultimately designed to improve the lives of its citizens through connectivity and access, but also through the development and stimulation of a local economy that comes as a benefit and by-product of an efficient public transport system.
The launch of National Transport Month in Durban kicked off last week (Thursday, 4 October 2018 with site visits hosted by the KZN MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Mr Mxolisi Kaunda, together with the eThekwini Municipality Mayor, Cllr Zandile Gumede and other important stakeholders.
The site visits included the official opening of an office administration building at the University Avenue Taxi Rank, which will house offices for four taxi associations. This building has been purposed by the City in an endeavour to support and develop the industry’s business operations, as well as to assist them in their alignment with the delivery of a professional public transport offering.
During this month, the eThekwini Transport Authority (ETA) has a programme of road safety activations at various public sites around the City, aimed at reducing the accident rate within the municipality, to educate passengers, pedestrians and drivers on being safe road users, and to create a road-safety culture in which road users feel safe.
Celebrating major milestones this month, the ETA begins construction on two more dedicated bus lane routes within the first Phase of the GO!Durban integrated public transport network. These next two routes, form part of the 8 road and one rail public transport network designed for the City. Construction will start this month on the route called C1, which begins at the intersection of the M21 and the MR577 in Newlands and runs to Umgeni Business Park. The other, called C9 will link Bridge City, KwaMashu to Umhlanga, via Phoenix Highway and through Cornubia to Umhlanga Newtown.
This week (9,10 and 11 October 2018), the South African Road Federation hosts a conference at the ICC in Durban, which will unpack and deliberate around road infrastructure development, road safety and how this impacts on uplifting communities and acts as a catalyst for economic development.
The new award-winning Mount Edgecombe / Umhlanga Rocks interchange on the N2 / M41 will be officially opened by the National Minister of Transport Mr. Blade Nzimande on October 30. This interchange, which was necessitated by the fast and extensive economic development within this northern area of the City, has significantly reduced travel time for commuters making access into and out of these busy hubs far easier and much quicker.
Moja Cruise, a new City programme aimed at uplifting the Mini-Bus Taxi industry and improving their business operations will be launched on October 31. This programme is a collaborative effort between the eThekwini Municipality and the eThekwini Metro Taxi Council (EMTC).
“Globally, cities are focusing more on the improvement of their public transport systems to create better lifestyles for their citizens, as well as to improve and stimulate economic activity,” says the eThekwini Municipal Mayor, Cllr Zandile Gumede. “We acknowledge our leadership, as well as provincial and national portfolio leadership who have had the foresight to encourage and drive the public transport agenda for the benefit of our citizens, and raise road safety awareness. We celebrate Transport Month, as a focus on developing our infrastructure, which will in turn act as a catalyst for economic growth, and provide much needed opportunities for the people of this City.”
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