City’s offer of free rides test

2017-07-27 06:00
Majolandile SotomelaPHOTOS: Mbongiseni Maseko

Majolandile SotomelaPHOTOS: Mbongiseni Maseko

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Last Sunday the Democratic Alliance (DA) published on its website a statement to the effect that the City of Cape Town has made provision for the subsidising of bus rides on the MyCiTi service for unemployed people in Cape Town for up to R6,6 million.

The statement said with 9,3 million South Africans now unemployed, the DA-led City is promoting access to transport for job seekers to enable them to access opportunities more easily.

Patricia De Lille, executive mayor of Cape Town, said “Many people are giving up looking for work because travel costs are a barrier.

We want to implement this initiative to take away that obstacle of travel costs which sometimes prevents people from being able to access job opportunities,”

Unemployed residents in the city will need to visit their local council office where they will be able to register on the city’s job seekers database.

Once registered, they will be able to get a myconnect card and can then travel between 10:00 and 15:30 without being charged for the trips.

This is specifically aimed at job seekers and is another contribution from the city to create an enabling environment for economic growth.

It was not immediately clear when this will start.

Mbongiseni Maseko, City Vision reporter, took to the streets to ask youth how they feel about the service.

Majolandile Sotomela said: “It is going to help us a lot. This will decrease the levels of crime in the area, because people will now be able to go look for jobs easier.

“I am unemployed and I have to spend a lot of money going to look for a job every month. Some of us end up playing hide and sick with securities because we are forced to ride trains without tickets which is illegal on its own.”

Akhona Biko said: “It is a good thing. Our parents can only afford to buy food at home. We really struggle to get money for transport to look for work. I like the idea.”

Linda Thembani said: “This is going to help us, because sometimes we find that no one has money for us for transport when we want to go search for work. Now we will be able to go drop CVs in different areas. It is a good thing.”

Ntombi Tsetsana said: “I once went to look for a job and I spent about R50 for return. It becomes a lot of money more especially when you are going to catch a taxi.

So this is going to help us a lot, because we do not have money.”

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