Go!durban bus tenders on the move
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.