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A group of bus drivers employed by Kidrogen, a MyCiTi vehicle operating company (VOC), this morning embarked on an illegal strike. Neither Kidrogen nor Transport for Cape Town – the City of Cape Town’s transport authority – was informed of the imminent strike that commenced at approximately 05:00 this morning, 26 May 2016.

The bus drivers who are participating in the illegal strike prevented the MyCiTi buses from leaving the depot in Dunoon to commence with the services along the very busy and popular T01 and T04 trunk routes.

As a result, the MyCiTi trunk routes from Dunoon to Table View and Dunoon to Century City were severely disrupted, as were the MyCiTi feeder Routes 213, 214, 215, 216 and 217 in Table View. Routes 260 and 262, serving commuters from Summer Greens and Century Gate, were also affected.

None of the routes mentioned above were operational this morning.

Buses are being added to these routes as and when drivers become available.‘Although the other two vehicle operating companies assisted with additional buses, thousands of commuters were left stranded this morning. It is unacceptable that the strikers prevented their colleagues who are not participating in their illegal strike from leaving the depot to commence with the service,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron.

The City, in collaboration with Law Enforcement and the South African Police Service, is closely monitoring the situation.

‘While the drivers’ grievances are a matter between the employer (Kidrogen) and its employees, the City is extremely concerned about the impact of the strike on commuters. I urge those who are involved to negotiate with their employer and to work together to find a solution,’ said Councillor Herron.

The City apologises for the inconvenience caused and requests commuters to please be patient.

Commuters can contact the Transport Information Centre 24/7 on 0800 65 64 63 for the latest information regarding the service, follow @MyCiTibus on Twitter, or visit the facebook page ‘MyCiTi Integrated Rapid Transit System’.

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