Firm rolls into its 35th year
Opening an office at the Wild Coast Sun Hotel and Casino Resort is a dream come true for Margate Mini Coach owner, Marian de Deugd. “Its always been our goal to have an office at the Wild Coast Sun Hotel and Casino Resort, and when they approached us last year we jumped at the chance. “Now we can transport people not only from South to North but everywhere in between. If people want to go from the Wild Coast to say Margate or Shelly beach and back we can provide that service.” says Marian.
Margate Mini Coach is celebrating its 35th birthday this year since its inception in 1973, its well maintained fleet has transported tourists, holiday makers and locals all over the coast. It has also managed to match and meet the steadily increasing demand for public transportation that has increased with business growth on the coast. “Our service allows places of interest to be accessible, especially when people are wondering what to do on a rainy day or prefer not to drive themselves. “Using our service is convenient because we make the trip from the Wild Coast to Durban three times a day from Monday to Friday.
For instance if you take the 8am bus from Port Edward to Margate you have a choice at going back home at 11:45am, 15:45pm or 19:30pm. With the petrol increase, traveling with us is cheaper, especially in large groups. You wont have to worry about parking and going through bad traffic especially in season and we guarantee that you will always get to your destination on time, say Marian. It is this dedication to service that helped the business become the big success that it is today. It was started by the late Bob and Sheila Landers with one bus and one lone passenger. Marian and her late husband Gerrit, were semi-retired when they moved to the coast from Bloemfontein.
They were building houses in the area, but when that was done Marian decided to look for something to do. “I enjoyed driving the route from the coast to Durban because the coast is such a beautiful place. I started as a driver and my husband and I eventually took over the business in 1991, when Sheila wanted to retire.” Marian now runs the business with her family. Gerrit died in 1997 and a year later Marian’s son Ronnie joined the business. Her daughter Jenny Prinsloo and her son-in-law Hendrik, have been with the business since 1994. The company also offers charters, tours, door-to-door services and makes special arrangements for cancer patients who travel to Durban on a regular basis for treatment. Her son Ronnie adds, “Our aim is to have an effective local transport system in place, which will allow not only tourists but locals as well to travel short distances.”