Go!dur­ban bus ten­ders on the move

Sunday Tribune - - FRONT PAGE - SIBONISO MNGADI

AHEAD of ma­jor ten­ders be­ing ad­ver­tised for the pro­cure­ment of buses for the new Go!dur­ban in­te­grated rapid pub­lic trans­port net­work, the ethek­wini Trans­port Au­thor­ity (ETA) re­cently briefed the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try stake­hold­ers on the progress.

About 150 au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try rep­re­sen­ta­tives, pub­lic trans­port op­er­a­tors, business peo­ple and en­trepreneurs gath­ered at the Dur­ban ICC to dis­cuss vi­tal is­sues that would af­fect the ef­fi­cient run­ning of fu­ture pub­lic trans­port in the city.

The work­shop aimed to en­lighten stake­hold­ers on the Go!dur­ban pub­lic trans­port net­work progress and re­cent changes in pro­cure­ment leg­is­la­tion in­tro­duced by the govern­ment which pri­ori­tise lo­cal­i­sa­tion.

Thami Many­athi, head of the ETA, said around 200 rigid buses, 180 ar­tic­u­lated buses, and 765 midi-buses would be re­quired for the new sys­tem over the next five years.

He added that 250 com­muters’ buses would be re­quired as part of the re­place­ment pro­gramme for the ex­ist­ing city pub­lic trans­port con­tracts.

Bus de­liv­ery was es­ti­mated to take place in the sec­ond half of 2018, and a first tranche of R1.2 bil­lion is planned for the fleet for the C3 route that runs from Pine­town through New Ger­many and Kwad­abeka to Bridge City, Kwa­mashu.

“The city will be ad­ver­tis­ing these ten­ders within the next few weeks, and be­cause of the na­ture and size of the ten­ders, an ex­tended sub­mis­sion pe­riod will be pro­vided to give busi­nesses enough time to sub­mit ten­ders to meet the trans­for­ma­tion and lo­cal in­vest­ment ob­jec­tives,” he said.

The next tranche of ten­ders will cater for the C9 route from Bridge City via Phoenix Industrial and Cor­nu­bia to umh­langa, as well as a fleet to be used in the in­ner city.

Head of sup­ply chain man­age­ment An­dre Petersen said Go!dur­ban was a ma­jor cat­a­lyst for eco­nomic growth.

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