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27 October 2015

EThekwini Transport Authority Wins Prestigious Award 

The eThekwini Transport Authority (ETA) has bagged a prestigious award for being the best public transport provider in KwaZulu-Natal. 

The unit received the award on Monday, 26 October 2015, at Suncoast Casino during the PMR.Africa KZN Province Business Excellence Awards 2015. 

The awards seek to recognise and award companies and institutions that have been outstanding in their sectors over the past 12 months to stimulate the economic growth and development of the KZN Province. The awardees are rated by a random, provincial sample of 150 respondents comprising of Chief Executive Officers, Managing Directors, business owners, company directors, and managers and senior local and national government officials based in KZN. 

Accepting the award on behalf of the City, ETA Deputy Head Mlungisi Wosiyana said the accolade was well deserved and a positive boost for the Municipality.

“This is very encouraging and a good sense of motivation for us to push much harder in our endeavour to improve Public Transport in eThekwini.This is a credit to the Team ETA, our leaders and the frontline staff who often work under trying circumstances to deliver the service,” said Wosiyana.

The Municipality’s multi-billion rand Integrated Rapid Public Transport Network, GO! Durban project currently underway, aims to improve the quality of life of citizens and visitors alike. This is a legacy project which will benefit future generations to come.

Mayor James Nxumalo said the IRPTN is the biggest infrastructural project that the city has ever undertaken with an investment of R22 billion over 13 years.

“The new public transport network will be linked by integrated infrastructure, which are dedicated right of ways, stations and stops, as well as integrated ticketing system such as the Muvo Card whereby passengers will pay a fare across the various modes of public transport using this ticketing system. This will ensure a seamless transfer from one mode to the other for passenger convenience,” said Nxumalo.

Construction of GO!Durban is well underway with the development of the C3 corridor from Bridge City, in KwaMashu, to Pinetown CBD, in the first phase of the project.

The first corridor or trunk route is due to be operational in 2016. Construction has started on the dedicated public transport lanes on the MR577, a provincial road, which links KwaMashu to Pinetown. Construction has also started on Josiah Gumede Road in Pinetown CBD. This trunk route will accommodate 18 transfer stations and 24 kilometres of dedicated lanes.

It is important for our residents to understand that the project is not only an introduction of buses but it involves planning, restructuring and integrating various modes of public transport including minibuses, buses and rail, all working together in an integrated network. Various modes of transport will be utilised in routes where they are best suitable.

ENDS 

Issued by eThekwini Municipality’s Communications Head, Tozi Mthethwa.

For more information members of the media can contact Gugu Sisilana on 031 311 4855 or email: gugu.mbonambi@durban.gov.za or Princess Nkabane on 031 311 4818 or princess.nkabane@durban.gov.za

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