Travelling with children can be challenging, but here are a few hints and tips to turn your potentially stressful trip into a fun and memorable journey of discovery.
An occupied child is a happy child and it doesn’t take much to add a little excitement to your daily trip routine. Pack a jacket with many pockets to become your child’s travel jacket. Every morning slip a few sweets, crayons, tissues or small toys, preferably toys you wouldn’t mind losing along the way, into the pockets. These little treasures will keep them occupied and if they get tired the jacket also doubles as a handy pillow or blanket.
Many passengers have travelled the same bus route for years, however when you’re accompanied by small children it’s obvious why the shortest route could save you a lot of energy. Follow the link below to a list of all Durban Transport, People Mover and Mynah bus timetables to find out how you can cut down on your travelling time.
Lastly, try to choose seating near the front of the bus. The front of the bus gives you more time to collect your bags and get your child ready to make sure you don’t miss your stop.
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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/
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.