New bus depot in ‘Litsha

2018-06-07 06:00
Work on a new bus depot in Khayelitsha has started.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

Work on a new bus depot in Khayelitsha has started.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

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Khayelitsha commuters are exhilarated by the prospect of a projected bus depot in the area, which will cater for residents from both Khayelitsha and Mitchell’s Plain.

Some have described the construction as part of community development and also bringing services closer to the people.

Nolundi Zileni, 33, who lives in eNdlovini informal settlement, near the construction site, says the construction of the depot will make it easier for them to access transport.

“Commuters will have the choice of transport we want to use.

“We will no longer depend on a particular mode of transport as we will have an alternative. Also, this will create jobs for the unemployed youth,” she says.

Ward 99 councillor Bongile Ngcani says as a community, they want to change the negative perception about Khayelitsha and turn it into a business hub.

“MyCiTi bus officials did a presentation about their intention to build a depot in the area in the presence of all stakeholders, and we agreed.

“What we are waiting for now is to see the construction proceeding and become finished, so that our community can benefit,” he says.

Khayelitsha Development Forum chairperson Ndithini Tyhido confirms that they are aware of the construction and says they believe that having a depot nearby will help with development and create jobs for the people of Khayelitsha.

Brett Herron, the City’s Mayco member for transport and urban development says the contract currently underway will enable the future construction of two MyCiTi bus depots that will service the Mitchell’s Plain and Khayelitsha areas.

“The enabling works is approximately R73m ... The design and construction of the two depots will follow on from these enabling works and in consultation with local transport operators who will form part of the future service.

“The enabling works contracts commenced in April and it is foreseen that the work will be completed by the end of 2019, pending any unforeseen challenges or delays,” says Herron.

He says the MyCiTi bus service will provide decent, affordable and scheduled public transport to the residents in the Metro South-East. Herron states there will be local jobs and enterprise opportunities during the construction phase of the bus depots as well as during the future depot operations.

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