Durban bus driver Deena Dayalan Naidoo was awarded as Durban’s best bus driver for the month of April as part of the Move to Muvo Campaign.
Deena Naidoo was previously employed by the Airports Company of South Africa as a courier of flight documentation and through sterling work was promoted to shuttle driver, transporting passengers from platforms to their destined flights. A resident from Hilary in Durban, Mr Deena Naidoo has been driving one of the People Mover buses in the city for over 5 years. Often found doing his daily commuter route passing the famous Indian Spice Market, Warwick Junction, the Botanical Garden, West Street and South Beach, Naidoo says that he really enjoys his job. “I love my job, interacting with the different people of our beautiful, sunny city brings great joy to me. I believe that as a driver to respect and help all of my passengers at all the time is part of my job and I always look forward to that.”
He was awarded the Best Bus Driver of the month award voted for by the commuters for being a good ambassador and assisting commuters with their Muvo cards.
From April 1, bus coupons have been discontinued, and replaced with the new Muvo Smartcard, which will provide a safer, more efficient way of paying for public transport. The card is part of GO!Durban, the massive Integrated Rapid Public Transport Network, that will eventually be used on all the public transport within the network which sees the integration of public transport with dedicated lanes for busses and upgraded transport corridors for rail.
The card is being issued free of charge until further notice.
“Muvo has been running a competition for Best Bus Driver for this Move to Muvo campaign. The objective of the competition was to help improve the service provided to the commuters and encourage bus drivers to become ambassadors of the Muvo brand. Commuters had to vote for their favourite bus driver in order for their favourite driver to win the competition” says Muvo Project Manager Michelle Pearton.
Muvo Cards were designed to improve the passenger experience when travelling in Durban. To assist passengers with specific needs, Muvo created three Concession Cards, namely: the Scholar Concession Card, the Senior Citizen Concession Card and the Disabilities Concession Card.
Scholar Concession Cards are available for students between grades 1 and 12. Our friendly brand ambassadors are at every Muvo PayPoint and Muvo Smart Van to guide applicants through the application process. Applicants are required to present their original ID or birth certificate. Unfortunately, photocopies will not be accepted. As proof of Scholar Concession status students are required to wear their full school uniform aboard the bus.
Applications for Senior Citizen and People with Disabilities Concession Cards are open at the Durban Transport Depot, 102 Johannes Nkosi (Alice Street) every Tuesday from 09:00 to 15:00.
Senior Citizen Concession Cards are available for South African citizens in possession of a Municipal Concession Card and are aged 60 or older. Please note that applicants will need their ID documents to apply for their concession cards at a once-off fee of R50.
Muvo Concession Cards for People with Disabilities are available for passengers with a SASSA grant. Please note that applicants will need their ID documents to apply for their concession cards at once off fee of R50. For further queries please contact us on 080 000 6886.
For a list of discounts on Concession Cards please visit: http://muvo.co.za/fares/concession-cards/
It’s been just over a year since the Muvo Card was introduced and launched in Durban and already over 18 000 commuters are using their cards for all their daily trips. Although many commuters have a historical loyalty to bus coupons, many have decided to move to Muvo and enjoy the convenience it has to offer. Here are two messages we’ve received from Muvo Card users: Mdu I am a regular bus user in the Newlands East area, using the 6:30am Newlands East to Umhlanga bus. In my job I am required to visit schools in far places so as a result I often don’t use up all my clicks on a coupon and it expires without me utilising it fully. Which is why when I found out that I could obtain a Muvo Card and load my ticket onto it, I jumped on the opportunity as it also doesn’t expire as quickly and for someone who sometimes uses the bus and on other weeks I don’t, it made perfect sense. However on Monday the 19 March 2013, I attempted to catch the bus as I normally do but the driver told me that I have no credits on my card when I knew for a fact that there were 4 trips left on the card. Much to my amazement I was told to stand aside or exit the bus, as I didn’t have any money on me I proceeded to leave the bus. I am not one to have problems or complain but I felt embarrassed and demeaned by how he approached the matter and the way he spoke. I know that I am meant to ask for an emergency ticket but even so, he didn’t provide me with many options of how to proceed. I then had to walk back home and return with cash and catch a taxi. When I finally got to the office I called the customer care number at the back of my Muvo Card and was assisted by Siya, Haiden and Gugu who took down my details. They were very patient with me as I was honestly not happy, I asked for further assistance. They then put me through to Thulani who later called back and arranged for us to meet at the terminal at the Workshop in town to verify whether or not I actually had coupons or travel credit on the card, furthermore he proceeded to take me from town back to Newlands East so he could see the bus stop where I wait for the bus, so that in the morning he could arrive and ensure that I am on the bus. Today to my surprise he was actually there at 6:30am to assist me with the bus driver, and yes I did manage to get on the bus this time, and got to work at the normal time. I’d really love to thank the ladies and gentlemen at the call centre for helping but more importantly Thulani Dladla who honestly went out of his way to help. In all I was pleasantly surprised and having started the day on a bad note, I must say he and the guys managed to restore my faith in using this card…I can’t see how I can ever use the ticket, thank you. Big ups to the Muvo Card Mdu Tarnia I am really glad that I can give back to you and have the opportunity to show my appreciation for everything that you have done to make the Muvo Card successful I have been a commuter on the 520 Woodhaven bus for the last 30 years on a daily basis and seen all the changes that have happened over this time and for me, Muvo Card is definitely the way to go. What a difference the Muvo Card has made in my life, no more worrying about an expired bus tickets or having to carry cash, just top up your Muvo Card at your nearest Muvo Card vendor, get on the bus, tap your Muvo Card and away you go. Muvo Card is definitely the stress free way of travelling. I would definitely recommend using the Muvo Card If you are going to be travelling on public transport. A very happy Muvo Card Commuter Tarnia
Noticed anything different along Durban’s Golden Mile? Durban’s People Mover buses may upgrade to a more modern shape if the Optare vehicle on loan to the city does well with the public. Depending on the public’s view of these new buses their wide windscreen and rounded exterior may become a more permanent feature on our city streets.
The People Mover buses are the bright green buses with large windows that travel the scenic routes along the Durban beachfront. The buses have two main bus routes – the Bus Line which travels along the beachfront from Suncoast to uShaka and the City Loop which travels to and from the beachfront and city centre. The People Mover buses were only launched in 2009 and are still a relatively new bus line. The new Optare vehicles have been in use since May and are on loan to the city for one month. They have a euro 5 diesel engine and can transport between 20 and 25 passengers depending on the number of wheelchairs present. The buses are a proudly South African achievement as they were developed and are already in use in Cape Town.
The buses still contain the signature look of People Movers – a bright green exterior with large windows which are ideal for the relaxing rides along the Durban Golden Mile. However, it is now up to the public to decide if the modernised bus design is suitable for the Durban cityscape.