The City of Cape Town wants to inform commuters that the MyCiTi service will remain suspended until further notice. None of the MyCiTi buses will be operating due to the nationwide strike action continuing. Read more below:
Commuters are reminded that nationwide strike action affecting the entire South African bus industry is continuing.
As such, the lock-out instituted by the Vehicle Operating Companies operating the MyCiTi service, will remain in place until further notice. This, in effect, means that there will be no MyCiTi trunk or feeder services available for as long as the strike and lock-out continue.
The strike action is as a result of dead-locked wage negotiations.
‘The strike is impacting on all public transport and road-based traffic as more than 72 000 commuters rely on the MyCiTi service on any given weekday. The city’s road network will remain very busy as bus commuters mostly opt for minibus-taxis or use their own private vehicles to get to work and back.
‘On this point, I want to acknowledge and thank the minibus-taxi industry for their assistance in getting commuters where they need to be. We have seen long queues at minibus-taxi facilities this morning. If it was not for these operators thousands of commuters would have been left stranded. I also welcome the assistance that is being provided by Metrorail by operating additional trips where they can – in particular on the Northern and Southern lines,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron.
Those making use of road-based transport should expect an increase in traffic and longer traveling times for as long as the strike continues.
‘Given the strike, the City’s acting City Manager has allowed officials to work flexible working hours where practical and in consultation with their managers. I call on private businesses in Cape Town to follow suit, and to consider implementing flexible working hours or remote working arrangements for employees where possible and practical, for the duration of the strike action,’ said Councillor Herron.
Those commuters with monthly MyCiTi tickets must note that the monthly packages will be extended equal to the number of days the strike action last. The number of days will be determined once the strike has come to an end. Further details will be communicated in due course.
Commuters are advised to visit the MyCiTi website on www.myciti.org.za for regular updates; and to follow us on Twitter @MyCiTiBus; or to phone the Transport Information Centre on 0800 65 64 63 – the TIC is available 24/7.