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Friday, June 1, 2018


(Ready to experience the first Connect031 are from the far back on the bus Sadick Wohabally (Copper Sunset, Peoples Mover Bus Driver), standing upright on the front left is Jabulani Khanyile (Chef at Durban Burger Co.), Khutso Masethe (Managing Director at Durban Burger Co.), Lara Koopman (Co-owner at Open Plan Studios) and front row, leaning on the bus stop stand are Sphephelo Mnguni (Street Artist), Shoneeze Franks (GO!Durban Marketing Manager) and far right is Kevin Ngwenya AKA Kev7 (Graffiti Artist).

Night Looping Bus Service June 7, 2018 - First Thursdays in Durban

As the eThekwini Municipality endeavours to upgrade public transport, a looping night bus service for patrons to First Thursdays events in Glenwood and Station Drive and Florida Road in Morningside, will be tested out as a case-study on June 7, 2018.

This night service, Connect031, powered by GO!Durban, is part of the eThekwini Transport Authority’s pilot programme to research demand and uptake for public transport to help support the economy that surrounds the activation of arts and culture and local lifestyle venues that host special events and late night trading on the first Thursday of the month.

Connect031 will be in operation on June 7 starting from 18h00 at the KZNSA Gallery, in Glenwood and at Station Drive in Morningside, stopping at Kauai (near the old Spiga) and at the Gin Gallery in Florida Road. The bus leaves every half hour from KZNSA and Station Drive, with the last bus departing at 22h30.

“We are delighted to be able to test the viability of a night looping service which will help to identify the need for public transport for established and linked venues and events, ahead of the introduction of GO!Durban,” says Head of the eThekwini Transport Authority, Thami Manyathi. “We know that Station Drive has a challenge with parking, and this service may help alleviate that by decentralising the parking – and making the other venues available to patrons. We are also hoping that this provides us with a best practice case-study for future night and looping services for other major City events. But most importantly we need to understand how transport can be a driver or catalyst for these kinds of SMME economic activities.”

First Thursdays at the KZNSA Gallery begins at 16h00 with the Urban Futures Centre and KZNSA LAB talk entitled Staring at Walls, Art in Public Space. Well-known street artist Ewok will be talking about the role of street art in creating a vibrant city, and taking visitors on a curated tour of some of Glenwood's most notable street artwork. 

The Main and Mezzanine Galleries feature a solo exhibition by Andries Gouws entitled Vertoef/Linger and the Park Gallery features local art available to purchase. Music this month features Reverie, a jazz duo providing a laid-back vibe. There is local shopping at the KZNSA Shop as well as an Arts Cafe special menu to suit all pockets from 17h00 to 20h00.

Then Station Drive, Durban’s busy design district, starts gearing up at 18h00 with extended opening hours for the studios, venues and retail shops that will host special events. There is also a range of artisan foods, drinks, arts, craft, music offering something for everyone including children. Amongst many offerings there is a 3D printing demo and exhibition by The Makerspace at their new premises at the Artisan Studios, salsa dancing at The Plant, Momenti artisan gelato and vegan sorbets at the Warehouse, walk-in tattoos at Lightship Tattoo, a group exhibition at the African Art Centre, awesome shopping at The Exchange and the Vans Roots Up DJ collective at the S43; and Distillery031 will be open until late. On the street will be a street food extravaganza with 10 of Durban’s best food trucks, crowd participation murals, the Poison City open mic and a bonfire under the stars, and more.

The Florida Road Precinct provides a welcome stop off at the various eateries, bars and nightspots. The Firehouse, features an “Improv and Pizza” evening offering opportunities for artists of any genre to “do their thing” and at The Big Box HQ and Skyline Coffee Roasters Platform in Gordon Road, there are art happenings with live music.

The cost to hop on Connect031 is R30 for a night pass, and R15 for one journey. Commuters can use their usual MUVO smartcard, or pay with cash on the bus.

For more info about the service go to or like the Facebook page. The Station Drive Precinct and KZNSA Gallery also have detailed information on their Facebook pages.