Universal Access and Yarona

Yarona™ has put in place vital features to ensure transportation that is safer, user-friendly and affordable for people living with disabilities, including platforms that are level with the buses and crosswalk signals with audio tones and other features.

One of the main goals of Yarona™ is that of enabling all citizens to reach their destination safely, comfortably and with the least inconvenience. Yarona™ also seeks to promote road safety through mutual respect and courtesy among all road users, be it drivers, pedestrians or cyclists.

To that end, universal access is a major component of the Yarona™ system as it accommodates all people, whether they use cars bicycles, are walking, or are using a wheelchair in order to achieve transportation equity, maximise independence, and improve community livability.
Yarona™ ensures that users with special needs are catered for in this state of the art public transport service. Special needs passengers include people in wheelchairs, those with hearing and visual impairments, the elderly, and children. Special needs facilities include tactile paving for the blind; boarding bridges to ensure level boarding between the stops, the stations and the bus; audible pedestrian crossings; and safety features including CCTV cameras.

The Rustenburg Rapid Transport (RRT) Directorate, which administers Yarona™ has taken steps to align the project’s strategic outlook to the overall programme of Rustenburg Local Municipality – that of creating an inclusive world-class City. The Municipality has committed itself to building a prosperous, caring city with facilities that are easily accessible to all users. Yarona™ seeks to ensure that it implements best international practice and that goes the extra mile to develop much-needed.

Executive Mayor Cllr Mpho Khunou says:

“Universal access is a major component of the Yarona™ system as it accommodates all people, whether they use cars, bicycles, walking or are using a wheelchair in order to achieve mobility. Special needs facilities include tactile paving for the visually impaired; boarding bridges to ensure level boarding between the stops, stations, audible pedestrian crossings and safety features which include CCTV cameras.”

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Linda Hlatshwayo

Communications Unit Manager

Ms Linda Ntombikayise Hlatshwayo holds a BA Communications Degree from the North-West University. She is currently studying towards the completion of B.Soc Science honours degree in Peace studies and International Relations. Hlatshwayo, an accomplished authority in Advertising, Public Relations and Tourism joined the Rustenburg Local Municipality in 2015 as Unit Manager Communications responsible for providing and maintaining an efficient internal and external communications service to the RRT. Ms Hlatshwayo has experience in both the private and public sector and has a little over 12 years in the communications industry. Prior to her joining the RRT, she was the Marketing Coordinator for the National Home Builders Registration Council North West (NHBRC) and before that she was the Head of Communications at Mahikeng Local Municipality. In addition, she was part of the AFCON 2013 team that delivered the Rustenburg games as the Media Operations Manager where she was exposed to both local and international media. Moreover, she has held positions at Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) as the Public Relations Officer as well as SASSA (South African Social Security Agency as a Senior Communications Officer.

Having had a colorful work history, in her current role, she contributes towards ensuring seamless communication for the Municipality where it relates to the RRT project, so that a positive public image and reputation of the entity is maintained at all times.

Maintaining healthy relations within the organisation and all stakeholders is her daily occupation. She is also responsible for promoting the growing Yarona brand and also acts as the Yarona spokesperson. In addition, she facilitates media briefings, arranges media interviews and produces press statements in order to keep stakeholders abreast with the developments within the RRT.

Hlatshwayo has an excellent record in building crucial relations and an environment of trust and professional interaction with the local and national media to promote Yarona and handles inquiries. She is looking forward to positioning Yarona as a brand to be reckoned with especially heading towards the launching of the system in 2016!