Taxi owners wary of MyCiTi bus service

2013-03-06 11:05
MyCiTi bus (City of Cape Town)

MyCiTi bus (City of Cape Town)

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Cape Town - Minibus taxi owners have reservations about the implementation of the MyCiTi bus service in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, it was reported on Wednesday.

According to the Cape Times, the Congress of Democratic Taxi Associations (Codeta), the only association in the area, was not happy with the amount of consultation between the City of Cape Town and itself.

Codeta general secretary Cecil Dibela, who is also a taxi owner, said it did not oppose the service in the area, but was worried about how the taxi industry would be affected.

"In the last phase, only some taxi associations were engaged and not all of those affected by that route benefited from that process. That is why we are sceptical about it," he said.

"The city cannot come and take people's business away. That is a recipe for conflict."

The N2 Express will reportedly cost R338m to implement in the next three years with funding from national government.

It will travel directly to Cape Town central from Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain.

Transport and roads mayoral committee member Brett Herron said the N2 Express would be a "top-up" to other transport modes.

He said the city was keen to communicate its plan and would meet Codeta in two weeks.

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