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STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER: TRANSPORT AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, COUNCILLOR BRETT HERRON

The Supreme Court of Appeal has dismissed the South Road Families Association’s (SRFA) application for special leave to appeal the decision by the full bench of the Western Cape High Court on Monday 15 May 2017.

The City was notified of the outcome this morning. The SCA has ruled that the application for special leave to appeal is dismissed on the grounds ‘that the requirements for special leave to appeal are not satisfied’.

Following on from this victory, I am calling on Capetonians to support the City in our efforts to roll out Phase 2A of the MyCiTi bus service which is to improve the quality of life of those residents most in need of a decent and affordable public transport service. Once rolled out the service will also assist us in addressing traffic congestion in the southern parts of the city.

I am also urging the SRFA to accept the outcome of the case and the Supreme Court of Appeal’s decision in what is commonly referred to as the South Road Families matter.A full bench of the Western Cape High Court on 10 February 2017 ruled in favour of the City of Cape Town when the judges, in a unanimous judgment, upheld the City’s appeal. The court’s decision on the day confirmed the City’s assertion that we have followed a comprehensive public participation process about the conceptual design of Phase 2A of the MyCiTi bus service which is to connect the communities from the metro-south east with Wynberg and Claremont.

We are eager to finalise the route alignment of the Wynberg section of Phase 2A of the MyCiTi bus service. The court proceedings, initiated by the SRFA and 21 tenants residing in Council-owned properties along South and Waterbury Roads in Plumstead, has been dragging on since March 2015.

This court action was a waste of our ratepayers’ money and has unfairly and unnecessarily delayed the much-needed roll-out of the MyCiTi service to the residents of Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha by nearly two years.

Phase 2A of the MyCiTi bus service will change the lives of hundreds of thousands of our poorest residents for the better.

Once fully rolled out, the proposed Phase 2A of the MyCiTi service will benefit approximately 1,4 million residents from the outskirts of Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain to the urban centres of Wynberg and Claremont. The proposed Phase 2A will provide residents in the metro-south east with a direct, efficient and scheduled public transport service and it will spur economic opportunities, new developments and urban renewal across 35 communities along the way.

The City has not yet decided whether South Road will be used for the route alignment for the Wynberg section of Phase 2A of the MyCiTi service. We are in the process of meticulously analysing and responding to the public comments that we have received. Once we have completed this process, a report with the proposed route alignments will be presented to Council for final approval.

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