eThekwini municipality speaker Loggie Naidoo, mayor James Nxumalo and head of Transport Authority Thami Manyathi during the launch of the Muvo Smartcard in Durban. PHOTO: THULI DLAMINI

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EThekwini Municipality Unveils Smartcard for Cashless Bus Payments


EThekwini's Public Transport system is about to get a 21st century face-lift. The introduction of the City's first large-scale cashless
transit tariff system, in the form of the public transport smartcard (the "Muvo card"), is set to redefine the way commuters pay their bus
fares. His Worship the Mayor, Cllr, James Nxumalo, launched the smartcard today, 27/10/11, which will be rolled out to commuters using the City's buses early next year.

This is the first phase of eThekwini's journey towards implementing its Integrated Rapid Public Transport Network (IRPTN). The
implementation of IRPTNs throughout South Africa has been legislated by the National Department of Transport (NDoT).

Initially, the Muvo card will be used on Durban Transport buses only but as the IRPTN is phased in; the smartcard will eventually be usable on all modes of public transport, including trains. The IRPTN is one of the projects intended to make eThekwini Africa's most liveable and caring City by the year 2020.

In addition to using the Muvo card, which functions as an `electronic wallet', on public buses, commuters will also be able to use the
smartcard at retail outlets to buy groceries and other goods and services.

The Muvo card will be piloted on the People Mover buses for six weeks starting in February next year. During this time, the 23 People Mover buses will be kitted out with electronic ticketing devices and the "tap and go" cards will be issued to commuters. It will be possible to buy the cards and load them with money at ticket-selling kiosks along Durban's inner city bus route. Once cash has been loaded onto the Muvo card, the commuter will pay for their bus trip by tapping their card against the electronic ticketing device installed on the bus.

Following the pilot phase on People Mover, the Muvo card will be rolled out to all other Durban Transport buses from around April 2012,
reaching commuters in Umlazi, Ntuzuma, KwaMashu and Rossburgh. The Municipality will embark on an extensive publicity campaign, by engaging with passengers at bus terminals, ticket offices, shopping centres and other public areas to educate commuters about how the the Muvo card works. Muvo brand ambassadors will be at these areas handing out pamphlets and teaching commuters how and where to buy, load and use their cards.

The brand name, identity and design of the new smartcard, reflects the eThekwini Transport Authority's (ETA) dynamic vision as well as
the energy and excitement of a vibrant city on the move.

The Municipality engaged with passengers on the buses to get their views with regards to the brand name and the Muvo name received a very favourable response.

With convenience a defining feature of the Muvo card, the Municipality will be adding to existing ticket offices and increasing the number of mobile ticket selling vehicles to make it easier for commuters to buy their Muvo cards. Passengers will also be able to buy and top up their Muvo cards at Sizakala centres and, in future this facility will also be available from selected retailers.

Pensioners, people with disabilities and scholars will also be catered for with the new system through a concession card programme
that will follow a simple and convenient application process.

The Head of eThekwini Transport Authority, Mr Thami Manyathi said, "Durban joins a number of other cities around the world that are using automatic fare payment systems, such as Curitiba, Singapore and Bogota. We are proud to see our City ranking among major cities around the world in this initiative."

Issued by the eThekwini Municipality's Communications Unit. For more information contact Priah Dass on (031) 311 4842 or email
dasspr@durban and Gugu Mdlalose on (031) 311 4807 or email

EThekwini Municipality Unveils Smartcard for Cashless Bus Payments

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