Thursday, 24 August 2017


The South Durban Community Environmental Alliance has been informed that on Wednesday the 23rd of August 2017, the train that provides transportation to subsistence fisher folk from Durban and Chatsworth to the West has been re-opened. It was shut down since 2016 when a sandbank collapsed onto the tracks. After more than a year of dispute with Transnet freight rail, the train is finally operational and is currently chartering the fisher folk. This service is vital in the lives of the fisher folk as it provides free transportation to the West, where they disembark and walk a short distance to the poor man’s deep sea boat, the South Pier. In the past when it was shut down, the fisher folk had to walk the distance of 2.5 km to get to the pier taking about 45 minutes to an hour to do so. This became problematic as they carry heavy tackle and gear. The elderly fisher folk suffered more so as they could not walk such distance. However since the train is in operation, the fisher folk’s journey to the South Pier has become faster and safer.

The train runs at these times:

·                     5:45 am
·                     13:30 pm
·                     6:15 am
·                     15:00 pm
·                     6:45 am
·                     16:00 pm
·                     7:15 am
·                     17:30 pm
·                     7:45 am
·                     17:50 pm

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