Baz Bus end of year party!!!!

Baz Bus staff ended the year off in style with and delicious dinner at the Hilton Hotel. We were lucky this year with clear skies and got to see breathtaking sunset. 20 staff joined in on the fun which included office staff, guides and drivers.

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Yumna Isaacs arrange the evening and one of the requirements was making a hat for another staff member.The staff became extremely creative with the designs and put everybody into character on the evening. Thank you Yumna!!!

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The food buffet that was served looked amazing and tasted even better the menu ranged from Carved slow braised lamb shoulder with pesto to Individual trifles and profiteroles.

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Melanie, Yumna and Mark started dancing and eventually got everybody on the dance floor. It was great to see all the Baz Bus staff showing off their moves.

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Darren from the accounts department gave a great speech on behalf of Barry the owner getting everybody motivated and ready for 2014.

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Thank you Baz Bus for another great staff party!!!!

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Baz Bus Community Events Wednesday 8 August 2012 !

Visit to Babes Crèche and Elundini Home for the Disabled Children in Du Noon

Babes Educare Centre – a preschool

 This is a pre school run by Harriet and her helpers. Harriet is a woman with a big heart. She has a small structure next to her home where she houses 75 kids. The age range is from 2 – 4 yrs of age. The kids are well looked after and get fed by her twice a day. The crèche times are from 6am to 6pm.

When we visited them earlier in the year they were in dire need of equipment in terms of educational learning aids and blankets for the winter. We have adopted this project and stocked them with educational boxes that the helpers can use to educate and teach the children. We also bought blankets for all the children and the Union for Jewish Women supplied beanies for each child. Each child received a food pack and a toy pack which they thoroughly enjoyed. Harriet also needed a pot which she can use to cater in bulk for the children and we also took a pot through to her after the visit!

Since our visit early in the year she has built 2 additional rooms. Her aim is to split the children into the relevant age groups and prepare the children for school. These rooms are still to be completed in terms of painting and flooring and they are also looking to close an outside section so that there is ground for the children to play and exercise in. They have no ablution facilities so all buckets and potty bowels are outside for them to use.

We are going to be assisting them with achieving some of these goals and we are working with the Union of Jewish Women who will also raise funds to complete these long term projects.

We had an amazing morning with the children who were very proud to sing for us and impress us.

 Elundini Home for the Disabled Children

This is one of our ongoing projects which we been actively involved in over the years by sponsoring funds towards a bus, ablution facilities and educational equipment for the children.

We treated the children to food packs and toy packs and had a magician show to entertain themn for the morning.

 Indy and her volunteers offer their help to look after these disabled children without earning much for their selfless service to these children. The dedication required to look after a disabled child is enormous and very time consuming so these ladies do a great job.

We will be visiting these crèches again in November and they uplifted our day with their smiles and resilience to life!!!

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Drivers of the month for May!!!

Drivers of the month for May!!!

 

 

We have drivers that “buzz” around in various stretches of our route and we choose one driver from each area every month. We have comments books in all the buses and drivers with excellent comments are chosen for driver of the month.

 

Congratulations to Mwande who is our driver of the month for Cape Town and to Johnny who is our driver of the month for Johannesburg.

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Baz Bus route currently runs in each direction between Cape Town and Johannesburg / Pretoria with stops along the coast. We stop at cities and towns in the following spectacular areas which offer Travellers a myriad of adventure activities, amazing scenery and cultural experiences:

 

 

Garden Route (Cape Town – Port Elizabeth) – Renowned for its diverse range of adventure activities and the highest Bungy jump in the world!!

 

Wild Transkei Coast (Eastern Cape) – Untouched African beauty along a rugged African Coastline

 

Kwazulu Natal (Durban) – Soak up the subtropical splendour. Hot curries and cool waves!                      

 

Drakensberg Mountains –The highest peaks in Southern Africa and gateway to Lesotho. Pony trek the remote mountain villages and meet the mountain people!

 

See our list of more amazing things to see and do on the Baz Bus route.

Baz Bus Driver of the month ??? April 2012!!!

Our drivers offer such an important service to passengers and we enjoy recognising their efforts every month.

 

We are excited to announce the drivers of the month for April.

Congratulations to Mzi and Johnny for qualifying and we appreciate all your efforts and going the extra mile for our passengers.

 

 

Mzi Bese is our Driver of the month for the Cape Town Region

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Johnny Matthews is the driver of the month for the Durban/Johannesburg Region.

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How do we rate the drivers!

We have drivers comments books which drivers hand out to passengers to rate them after each trip. At the end of the month we take these comment books and assess the information.

 

 

Here are some of the criteria we look at for driver of the month:

 

How many times the passengers mention the driver name as this is a good indication of how interactive the driver has been with the passengers.

 

 Do passengers mention that the driver offered route information during the journey? Our drivers are not tour guides but do offer basic information on important landmarks and interesting facts regarding towns and cities along our route.

Special reference to how helpful and friendly the driver was as we like to see detailed service comments.

Comments on driving skills and driving performance i.e. did the passenger feel safe during the journey.

 

Is he teaching greetings in other languages? We have a “Learn to speak truly South Africa “cards on the buses. This is an interactive way for passengers to learn how to greet in various languages and practice with fellow travellers e.g.

English: Hello, How are you

Zulu: Sawubona, Unjani

 

If the driver received a special mention on overall excellent performance.

 

Next time you “Buzz around” with Baz Bus and the drivers offer you excellent service please review them on Trip Advisor  http://www.tripadvisor.com/UserReviewEdit-g312659-d2145077-a_placetype.10021-Baz_Bus_Day_Tour-Cape_Town_Central_Western_Cape.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baz Bus driver, Jay Govender, Daily Food Distribution Programme

Jay joined Baz Bus in 1997 and is an invaluable part of the Baz Bus team not only as a driver but also in his dedication to making a difference, however big or small, in the lives of villagers in disadvantaged communities along the Baz Bus route between East London and Chintsa.

 

He has gone beyond the call of duty and used the resources available to him to reach people in need.

 

Jay offers the passengers not only a “ride” on the bus but also background information on the region he drives through and the harsh realities of the villagers living in these rural villages.  He explains to the passengers his food outreach programme and then asks passengers if they would like to make a donation and join him in distributing the food. With the passenger donations he buys additional food at one of the shops and the passengers then distribute it themselves to the villagers. Jay is always amazed at the keen participation and how the passengers are so encouraging and want to be part of the food distribution. 

 

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For the last 10 years Jay has donated 10% of his monthly salary to buying food daily to feed villagers along the route. Other monthly donations come from his sister and brother-in-law in Durban and who also send clothes collected from their church.

Our Durban drivers also collect clothing and send them to Jay to distribute to the villagers.

 

Beavers Restaurant is the breakfast stop along the route. The owners have also become involved and now give Jay surplus food everyday which they don’t sell within 24 hours to be handed out.

 

 He has established amazing relationships and now has 3 permanent daily stops where he distributes food to the poor and needy.

 

The first stop is between 8:15 – 8:30am and there are 2 boys from Alexandria Township which collect food.

 

 The next stop is at 10:00am at Wesley where a grandmother collects food for an extended family which includes 8 children.

 

And the final stop is along a 10 kilometers stretch after Wesley where there are children and hungry people waiting for bread and food. Sometimes there are over 50 villagers along this stretch. For these villagers this food is their only meal for the day.

 

On his return trip if there is food left over then he will give food to labourers on the side of the road in East London.

Jay epitomizes William Wordsworth words “That best portion of a good man’s life; his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love”.  

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INTRODUCING THE BAZ BUS TEAM 

 

It started with Barry Zeidel’s vision of creating a backpacker transport network where international backpackers could travel safely within South Africa…with one bus and 1 telephone.

 

Baz Bus was born from his passionate interest in pursuing a Hop- on Hop – off Door- to- Door backpacker service across South Africa. Baz Bus is now the largest backpacker transport network in South Africa with a route that extends from Cape Town to Johannesburg with stops along the coast…and many more buses.

 

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Our drivers play an important role as they are the “driving” force and the “face” of Baz Bus. Our drivers make passengers feel comfortable and offer information along the route. Their main focus is to ensure that passengers are picked up and dropped off directly at the door of the hostel in the cities along our route.

 

We would like to introduce the crew who will “Buzz” you around South Africa!!!

  

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Our Head office is located at 32 Burg Street in Cape Town and is also where you can visit us to buy a ticket or simply pop in and enjoy a cup of coffee while using our Free Internet services.

 

We have a team “A…buzz” behind the scenes!!! These are the managers, call centre consultants and sales representatives who keep the “Wheels Moving”.

 

Some of these dedicated staff members have been with the company over 10 years and have been part of the exciting expansion of the company.

 

Roy Rambajan is our Transport Manager and has been running the Durban depot since he started at the company in 1998.

 

Sakhile Fakazi is another long serving employee in the Durban region who also started as a driver in 1998 and is now Assistant Depot Manager.

 

Sharonique Beukes, our General Manager, has been with the company since September 1999 as an Information Centre Consultant. She currently oversees bus operations, human resources and the general office.

 

Darren Kennedy is our Accounts Manager and runs the account department. He is also one of our long servicing employees and joined the company in 2001.

 

Janine Carelse, our Office Manager, joined the company in 2003 as night staff and is now responsible for the call centre consultants and drivers.

 

Cecilia De Freitas is our Marketing Manager and became part of the Baz Bus family in 2007. She joined as our Sales Representative for the Cape Town and Garden Route region.

 

Taliep Pietersen is our Cape Town Depot Manager and joined Baz Bus in 2008 as our Cape Point day tour driver.

 

Other staff members who have been with Baz Bus for over 10 years are Rene France who works in accounts and is our Credit Controller and Dalene Botha who is our Internet Consultant.

 

We hope you enjoyed meeting everyone and remember when you are in South Africa to choose Baz Bus to “Buzz” from city to city!!!

 

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BAZ BUS 16TH BIRTHDAY PARTY- COMMUNITY EVENT

Baz Bus has been part of the ELUNDINI HOME for mentally and / or physically disabled children in De Noon for 3 years. We have been privileged in our role as a sponsor to have been part of the process which has improved the lives of the children on a daily basis over the last 3 years.

 

This is our long term project which we are committed to assist with improvements to the home.

 

In 2010, we contributed towards a bus to transport the children to and from their homes in Du Noon.

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In 2011, disabled ablution facilities were built and Baz Bus was a very proud sponsor. This important upgrade to the school changed the lives of the children, teachers and volunteers forever. 

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This year we generously offered a donation to so that the bathrooms and toilets could be tiled.

 

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Since the end of 2011, an occupational therapist has been involved in setting up appropriate toys for the children. She also recommended that toys and activities be stored in large plastic storage containers which have an identifying mark on them and then the teachers take one and work with a small group using that ‘ box of goodies’ and then rotate to another box to create variety of activity with the children.

This year, Baz Bus bought all the toys and boxes suggested by the therapist.

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Many of our hostels also kindly donated toys and items so a “MASSIVE” thank you from the children.

 

It has also become an annual tradition to visit the crèche and provide an afternoon of entertainment with lunch thereafter.

 

We have a special magician, Madeleine, who has been part of this event for the last 3 years. She has the “magic” touch with the children…the favourite trick is always the rabbit which gets the most amazing reactions from the children. 

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The show was followed by lunch …thank you to everyone lovingly assisted in feeding the children.

 

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Afterwards we handed out party packets which created such excitement. We had cartoon character themed party packs filled with delicious treats. The children so enjoyed being the centre of attention!!!

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Indy, the principal, thanked Barry and everyone for spending the afternoon with the children.

 

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A great afternoon of giving and sharing!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It???s Christmas Time at Baz Bus!!!

 

As they say, Christmas is about giving and sharing.

Normally, our director hosts a dinner every year to say thank you to all the staff for their hard work and efforts during the year. 

 

Barry has worked really hard running Baz Bus this year, so the staff decided to host a Christmas dinner in his honor.

 

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We pooled our resources, worked out a budget and we then decided on a themed dinner party at the office. Aloha, Hawaiian themed party, here we come!!!

 

Staff was involved in decorating the office, making food, shopping etc and it was a real team building effort.

 

We had a wall dedicated to our guest of honor with photos which brought back good memories for Barry.

 

The hoola and limbo competitions were so much fun and we saw some spectacular displays of hoola..ing and limbo…ing!!!

 

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The joint winners of the hoola hoop competitions were Momosa and Yumna and they won a Birds of Eden and Monkeyland vouchers!!!

 

 

Yumna and Roxanne were joint winners of the limbo competition and won Bloukrans Bungy jump vouchers.

 

Yumna definitely has the moves!!!

 

 Janine Carelse won best dressed and secured a fabulous 1 night stay at the Garden Route Game Lodge

 

 

Mario, our Cape Peninsula Tour guide, won the Shark Cage Diving tour with Marine Dynamics for best dressed male.

 

Throghout the evening we had more competitions and spot prizes our staff were delighted!!! They won Tsitsikamma Canopy tours, African Story Wine tours and Abseil Africa tour!!!

Thanks to Melanie who organised all the fabulous prizes and the sponsors for being so generous.

 

Barry planned a surprise quiz with trick questions on Baz Bus products, timetables and general information. The quiz was so much fun as everyone wanted to answer the questions…so many hands went up at the same time so real arbitration was necessary!!! If you answered correctly you were rewarded with a delicious slab of chocolate.

Afterwards, we enjoyed a tasty dinner with excellent cocktails and a great time enjoyed by all.

 

Thank you Barry for all your dedication and hard work in 2011!

 

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How Baz Bus was started

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Baz Bus was lifted off the ground in November 1995 by Barry Zeidel, a qualified accountant, entrepreneur and retired backpacker. Barry had travelled around Europe as a backpacker on a similar concept. He was amazed at the benefits of the service and did not have to worry about the stresses of driving a car in a strange town. He was not stuck in a rigid itinerary and best of all he met many other like minded travellers.Read More

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