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BAZ BUS HISTORY

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.

When he came back to South Africa he did intensive research into backpacking around the country. South Africa did not have a developed infrastructure, especially in the form of public transportation, making it more difficult for backpackers to get around.

A passion for backpacking and a dedicated hard working team helped to create this unique transport network in South Africa. Today, Baz Bus is a leading force in the backpacking Industry. We now have 180 hostels along our route and we carry over 10 000 independent travellers on our busses each year!

OUR STAFF

Baz Bus team includes 37 permanent staff around the country. We offer intense in house training for all our staff, equipping them with high service levels to communicate with our guests.

Driver Sam with Some Passengers
Driver Sam with Some Passengers

OUR PASSENGERS

Our passengers come from all over the world and are encouraged to meet fellow passengers on board the bus and share travel stories. Our passengers' safety is our top priority. Passengers are never left unattended and are escorted by the driver into the backpacker hostel of their choice.

OUR BUSSES

Baz Bus has a fleet of 19-seater semi-luxury busses, all with on-board TVs & videos and trailers capable of carrying surfboards and bicycles. Our friendly drivers keep passengers informed with basic route information. One of the busses carries a trailer of mountain bikes and is used for our 100% fun Cape Peninsula day tour.

OUR COUNTRY

Baz Bus is committed to promoting South Africa as a preferred backpacker's destination and recognizes the importance of intense international marketing to increase the flow of travellers to South Africa. Our well established transport network provides these travellers with a safe and reliable way to travel the country.

Sydney Backpacking Expo ITB Berlin
Sydney Backpacking Expo ITB Berlin 2011

OUR COMMUNITY PROJECTS

Baz Bus strives to be a proactive company involving ourselves in various community projects.

Every year, to co-incide with our annual Baz Bus birthday bash, we visit a children's school or creche and make a donation and have an interactive fun day between those visited and the backpackers themselves.

In the past few years we have supported various community soccer teams in Hout Bay , a childrens shelter in Woodstock and Wola Nani's community centre in Khayelitsha for women & children living with HIV/ AIDS.

VISIT TO COMMUNITY PROJECTS THURSDAY 7 FEBRUARY 2013

BABES CRECHE

Our visits to the crèches coincided with the beginning of the school year for both crèches.

At Babes Creche there were 80 children mostly toddlers and some babies which Harriet has taken on. It was delightful to see the happy children eagerly awaiting us.

The property consists of 2 classrooms which houses the children according to age groups. One is a basic wooden structure and the other a proper concrete classroom extending to the road. She desperately needs to erect a proper fence in front of the property as the existing one is just a makeshift fence made of wooden planks. This will allow the kids more freedom to play outside of the classroom. They are also in desperate need of ablution facilities as the children use buckets outside the classrooms.

Harriet has done an amazing job of pushing forward with her dream to educate the children and get them ready for school and her commitment to improving the school is evident.

                  


The Union of Jewish Women are working closely with Harriet to realise some of the challenges that she is facing by raising awareness and getting sponsorships and donations so that she can get proper ablution facilities and fence in play areas for the children.

To this effect Baz Bus has contributed a substantial donation to these causes.

We made up gift bags for the children filled with delicious goodies and custom made gift bags with stickers to hand out to the children.

The stickers were meant to be used as an interactive activity with the children and which they thoroughly enjoyed.

What a well behaved bunch of toddlers and it was great to see that they are all well trained in not littering. Each child threw their wrappers in the bin after they had finished eating!!

Children have such pure joy no matter what circumstances in their lives so we always come away from these visits feeling the love.

ELUNDI DISABLED CRECHE

This has been a long term project of ours and it has been great to have participated in the improvements via contributions and see this crèche grow to where it is today.

It now has 3 classrooms to house over 70 children including many disabled kids with specific disabilities.

Indy the principal showed us around each classroom explaining to us the different age groups and activities the teachers were doing with the kids.

                  

There is also a good sized play area, kitchen, sleeping area, ablution facilities (which Baz Bus helped to build) and a combi bus (which Baz Bus made a contribution to the purchase).

Lindy is now in the process of purchasing the land from the city council which will be a great achievement for her.

The children were so excited to receive their goodie bags and we had another successful morning spent with these amazing children!



ELUNDINI HOME

Great news - the toilets at the Elundini Home are built and everything is up and running!

The huge upgrade from the one porta-loo One portable loo that has been there for 4 years

We adopted this crèche as a long term project to assist with improvements to the home.

We have assisted Indy in reaching her goal which was to build ablution block facilities designed for the special needs of the disabled children. Baz Bus sponsored R25 000 for the building of the ablution facilities.

The building looks fantastic and has really been built solidly. There is a wheelchair ramp and spacious, proper access to the toilets and bathroom. There are 2 individual wheel chair accessible toilets each with their own with hand basins and windows and a third bathroom with toilet, basin and bath. The ablution facility is painted a great colour. Essentially, its is an amazing improvement to the centre, and a huge upgrade from the one porta-loo that has been there for 4 years.

GCU Soccer Project end of year party

The Backpack run The Soccer Project in Cape Town called the GCU Soccer Project which assists keeping kids off the streets and in school. They hosted the end of the year party on 20th, 21st and 27th November 2010 at the Sea Point Pavilion and required transport and other goodies for the 200 kids. Baz Bus is once again proud to have contributed to the GCU Soccer project end of the year party which the kids loved and everyone had a great time.

The African Brother soccer team
The African Brother soccer team
Magic Show at Ons Plek Childrens home
Magic Show at Ons Plek Childrens home

In 2001, the Baz Bus sponsored our very own township soccer teams, the African Brothers and Baz Bus Celtics. At INDABA in May 2002, Baz Bus was awarded the best stand in the transport category by "Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa ". Baz Bus qualified through its support of local community projects, in this case, a paper-making project in the Eastern Cape , where hand-made paper products were given to delegates visiting the stand.

Baz Bus also contributes to building AIDS awareness by distributing condoms to all the backpacker hostels on our route. For each condom distributed, a percentage contribution is donated to Wola Nani, a non-profit HIV/ AIDS community support service centre in Cape Town . You can support them by visiting: http://www.wolanani.co.za

Free transport is often given to a volunteer organisation to assist them with their projects.

Recently we have been involved in the following community projects:

New classroom at The Masikhululeke Educare Centre
The official opening of the new classroom was conducted by the Executive Mayor of Cape Town on Thursday 25 November 2010.The dedicated principal Nxolo Dlabantu cared for her three groups of children in the one-roomed educare centre.

Her dream has been to have a separate classroom for the grade R's so that she can provide a good foundation for their future years at primary school. For the past three years, the Union of Jewish Women Kesher Group raised the capital to build a new classroom.

By the end of August 2010 a beautiful clean, cool and spacious 65 square metre chromadek building was constructed where long grass and open space had been before. This venture would no have been possible without the support of many sponsors.

Baz Bus was amongst the sponsors who proudly contributed to this worthy cause especially when we see the joy on the faces of the 2010 Grade R's as they bounce around their new classroom. This building is more than just a classroom, it shows what can be done when ordinary people, band together to make a difference.

Schoolchildren at Opening Ceremony
Schoolchildren at Opening Ceremony
Classroom
Classroom
School Prinicipal Nxolo Dlabantu
School Prinicipal Nxolo Dlabantu
Children in Classroom
Children in Classroom

Feb 2011 15th Birthday Party - Community Event

We visited the ELUNDINI HOME for mentally and / or physically disabled children in De Noon. There are now 48 children between the ages of 18 months and 18 years under care and supervision. In 2010 they were in dire need of a bus to transport these disabled children to and from school, and Baz Bus handed over a cheque for R14000 towards the bus. Since our visit they have obtained the bus and the parents and the children are so happy at not having to struggle to find transport to school!

On Saturday, 26 February, we celebrated our 15th birthday by spending an afternoon of sharing and giving with the children at the Elundini Home.

Children putting on a show!!!
Children putting on a show!!!
Guests and children
Guests and children

A magician entertained the children and also did hand painting which the children thoroughly enjoyed.


Magic tricks

Hand painting
Hand painting

A magical time enjoyed by all!!
A magical time enjoyed by all!!

The children were delighted with the soft toys handed out to them by hostel and Baz Bus staff.



Everyone lovingly assisted in feeding the children and they enjoyed being the centre of attention.



We have now adopted this crèche as a long term project to assist with improvements to the home.

We would like to help Indy reach her goal which is to build ablution block facilities as at the moment the children only have one portable toilet which is not designed for the special needs of the disabled children.

Baz Bus has sponsored R25 000 for the building of the ablution facilities.

It was also announced on Saturday that building of these much awaited ablution facilities was going to start on Monday 28 February and within 2 weeks the children are going to enjoy their new ablution block facilities specially designed to cater for their disabled needs.

Feb 2010 14th Birthday
We visited the ELUNDINI HOME for mentally and or physically disabled children. With no funds, experience, qualifications or resources at her disposal, Ms Indy Kawana started a place of care for these children in De Noon four years ago. At present, there are 40 children between the ages of 18 months and 18 years under her care and supervision.At this point, they are in dire need of a combi or bus to transport these disabled children to and from school, and Baz Bus handed over a cheque for R14000 towards the bus. Since our visit they have obtained the bus and the parents and the children are so happy and not having to struggle to find transport to school!

Barry handover of R14000 cheque
Barry handover of R14000 cheque
Children
Children
Children with toys
Children with toys
Magician with blind child feeling rabbit
Magician with blind child feeling rabbit

Feb 2009 13th Birthday
On the morning of our 13th birthday bash, we visited the Masikululeka creche in the Joe Slovo township in Milnerton where we spent time with children ranging from 2 - 7 years of age. Besides handing out a cheque of R13 000 towards expansion of their school, we also arranged a clown to entertain the children and supplied lots of useful gifts such as much needed colouring books and crayons, food and cooldrinks for the kids.

Barry handover of R13000 cheque
Barry handover of R13000 cheque
Barry and the children
Barry and the children
Children having fun
Children having fun
Children
Children

Feb 2008 12th Birthday
On our 12th birthday we joined the children for a fun time of giving and sharing at the Kensington Creche. A magician entertained the children with magic tricks that delighted the little ones. We also handed out toys, colouring books and crayons for the children and lots of lovely treats to eat. We handed out a cheque of R12 000 to the crèche towards for further development of crèche facilites.

Kids enjoying show
Kids enjoying show
Kids do show
Kids do show
Audience and Barry
Audience and Barry
Agents
Agents

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