Make that train wait

2017-08-29 06:01

The letter by Mark Kleinschmidt (“Council would run trains well”, People’s Post, 22 August) provided some light relief to ratepayers battling with substandard service and local state capture.

Kleinschmidt is adamant that the City of Cape Town would be able to run a better train service than ­Metrorail.

But the City has still not complied with a 2005 high court order (case no. 2806/2005) to include the homeless people of Bonnytoun, Wynberg on its housing list and to move them to more acceptable accommodation.

Homeless people in general are also moved more than 30km outside the city to farflung places like Blikkiesdorp and Wolwerivier.

After more than two decades, the City has also failed to remedy the traffic chaos around the Station Road area where up to five taxis block the Wynberg Main Road intersection at a time, resulting in tailbacks more than a kilometre long in either direction.

More recently, the City repaired a faulty pipe that, despite the chronic water shortage, had been leaking in Bergvliet for more than a year.

And, judging from complaints on the City’s website, citizens are fed up with the obvious lack of enforcement of the City’s own bylaws.

Before the City can even think of attempting to run Metrorail, it must first focus on getting basic service delivery right in its own backyard – a service that ratepayers are paying for.

Colin Arendse Wynberg

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