Phase 4B: GO GEORGE preparing community for bus service

4B engagement PnP Mall

The GO GEORGE communications team have started visiting large businesses to explain the system to staff living in Phase 4B areas. Here employees of Pick n Pay at the Garden Route Mall are listening and learning how they can travel to work in future.

Preparing the community to feel confident to use the bus service when it rolls out to Parkdene, Ballotsview, Conville, Borcherds and Lawaaikamp on 22 March, the GO GEORGE communications team has started engagements at larger businesses last week.

They were welcomed by management and given the opportunity to talk to staff, helping them planning their route to work from where they live, and indicating where and how to transfer between buses if needed. Employers with a substantial number of staff who will use the new service are welcome to request a visit.

Champions on their way

The communication champions had undergone intensive training on the system, routes and timetables last year for the roll-out that was postponed. As almost a year has transpired since, they are all doing a refresher course this week and will start their door-to-door visits in the community on Saturday, and thereafter from Monday to Saturday every week until the roll-out.
Residents in the area are kindly requested to open their homes to the champions who will work from 09:00 until 13:00 on Saturdays and 10:00 until 18:00 on weekdays to also reach people after work. They will explain how the system works, handing out route maps and timetables, and answer questions about using the bus service.
From the first day of roll-out, the champions will be at bus stops and on the buses, assisting passengers and familiarising them with the new way of travelling all over town on a scheduled bus service. If anyone is uncertain and needs help with route planning, they are welcome to phone the GO GEORGE Call Centre on 0800 044 044.

4B engagement Food Lovers Market

The GO GEORGE communications team have started visiting large businesses to explain the system to staff living in Phase 4B areas. Here Community Liaison Officer Simphiwe Schaap and champion Khadija Luangula can be seen explaining her route to work to an employee at Food Lovers’ Market at the Garden Route Mall.


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