A unique shuttle service, called the Jammie Shuttle, is available free to all UCT staff and students.
The fleet of 26 buses, operates between residences, all UCT campuses and some public bus, train and parking facilities in the local vicinity. The Disability Service was closely involved in the consultation process leading up to the implementation of the service, as well as in the operational management of the system to ensure full access for UCT staff and students with disabilities.
Kenneth Gadudu is assisted into the bus by Ronny Owies, Shuttle driver
The fleet has been modified to meet the needs of persons with a variety of disabilities and has proven very successful. A separate accessible bus is included in the fleet to meet the needs of students and staff who cannot gain access to the Jammie buses via the stairs.
The philosophical drawback of having a 'special' service rather than integrating all staff and students into the mainstream service (a decision taken due to cost factors) is offset by the flexibility inherent in having a more focussed service for students who use wheelchairs. This bus is able to pick students up directly outside their residences and take them to the door of the building they need to go to. This very successful service marks UCT as unique in the transport services it offers to its staff and students with disabilities.