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Tuesday Nov 26, 2013

Work to begin on Mitchells Plain MyCiTi bus link

Construction of the MyCiTi bus station and 26 bus stops in Mitchells Plain will start in January, the City of Cape Town has said.

Following a meeting with companies, organisations and Mitchells Plain community leaders last week, the city said construction would start in January and the city would partner with local business.

The roll-out of the R338 million N2 Express to Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha has been delayed by six months for reasons which the city said were beyond its control. The bus service will only be rolled out to these areas in July.

One of the main reasons for the delay is that the city has not yet signed or reached an agreement with Golden Arrow and the two affected taxi associations on how they would operate the MyCiTi service. A strike in the automotive industry earlier this year has also meant that the manufacturing of the buses needed for the route is eight weeks behind schedule and the stations and stops have also not yet been constructed.

The city has come under attack by the ANC for failing the poor in these areas by not delivering the service by December, as promised by mayor Patricia de Lille.

In a statement yesterday, mayoral committee member for transport Brett Herron said the city had met the appointed contractor, Group Five, and community leaders from Mitchells Plain last week and it had been agreed that subcontractors from within the immediate community be employed in the construction.

'Local construction companies that reside and operate within Mitchells Plain are welcome to apply to be a part of this MyCiTi project. ' Herron said.

'It was also agreed that we could help to facilitate the employment of local labour through the subcouncil's official Job Seekers Database. The contractor can start by employing a community liaison officer and workers.

'We would like to caution members of the Mitchells Plain community that a limited number of jobs will be available,' Herron said.

The 26 bus stops will run in line with existing bus stops in Mitchells Plain, and while construction will start immediately, the MyCiTi service will be phased in incrementally.

Cape Times


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