MyCiti bus service for Cape Flats

2011-09-01 14:04

Cape Town - The City of Cape Town is planning several MyCiti bus services between Mitchell’s Plain, Khayelitsha and the city centre, mayor Patricia De Lille said on Thursday.

"This express service will provide new avenues of opportunity for our people who have been let down by the lack of capacity in passenger rail services," De Lille said in a speech to the Cape Town city council.

"In addition, new services are also planned for transport corridors between the metro south east and the southern, northern and west coast suburbs, where passenger demands are high but rail service does not exist."

The city had been criticised by the Congress of SA Trade Unions and the ANC for neglecting the poor in its transport plans, which have so far focused on wealthier areas.

De Lille said the service would be rolled out by December 2013.

She said the city would continue its engagements with rail services "to improve conditions".

Green technology manufacturing cluster

The mayoral committee had also recommended that the city support the proposed process for the establishment of a "green technology manufacturing cluster" on city-owned land in the Atlantis industrial area.

"It is well known that Atlantis has been especially hard hit in these tough economic times," De Lille said.

"The changes in world markets, coupled with changes in economic drivers in South Africa and a lack of connections, has left the area in a particularly vulnerable state.

"We would seek to aid investment in the area."

The department of energy has approved power purchase agreements that will lead to the establishment of a number of renewable energy power plants and related manufacturing facilities around South African.

Investors in this sector would soon be deciding where to put their money to build up these new industries.

"Such measures would do a great deal for attracting green technology to Cape Town, positioning us well for a new competitive advantage in energy production," De Lille said.

"Moreover, it would provide investment in Atlantis of the kind not seen for some time.

Land restitution

De Lille said the city had recommended the sale of council-owned property in Claremont for the purposes of restitution as a land claim.

"If approved, this sale will settle 60 Claremont land restitution claims," she said.

"However, to reach this point, we have accepted an evaluation for the property at R27m."

She said the amount was below its own evaluations that had placed the value at over R40m.

The regional land claims commissioner has said, however, that the city's assessment could not be met.

  • PinkSparkle - 2011-09-01 14:18

    Better make the buses fireproof, just in case they ain't satisfied with the service delivery

      Vullis - 2011-09-01 14:22

      Oh my, the utterances of the miniscule mind

      Bongza.GP - 2011-09-01 14:38

      I have never heard of any problems with this service. Here, the gautrain has already been disrupted a number of times. It will just be perfect for them, those that are always complaining about service delivery.

      PinkSparkle - 2011-09-01 14:39

      Clearly you have never seen what happens to the trains here if service delivery isn't met....

      Tolerant - 2011-09-01 14:43

      The taxi's might not be so happy with these plans.

      farmworker - 2011-09-01 14:43

      Gautrain is the only solution available at the moment

      GH - 2011-09-01 14:44

      That is why it was first implemented in the "richer" areas and a plan was formulated to use feeder taxi's. Very clever way to go! And very good plan for Atlantis where commerical investment incentives were removed years ago, leaving a very poor community behind. Excellent work!

      Vullis - 2011-09-01 14:49

      Potentially this could eradicate the problematic taxi industry

      jason - 2011-09-01 14:55

      I'd give it a week - by then the bus will have been vandalised, graffiti'd and littered up.Poor communities take no pride in whats provided for them - only need to look at our trains and buses.

      Vullis - 2011-09-01 15:35

      @jason - yes 100% correct, such behaviour can only be associated with poor people. It is typical of poor people to vandalise public or private property - such neanderthals belong in the jail. Alas, let's not forget how Bishops Boy's School Students in Cape Town did the same to their schools property a few years ago 2008 - Night of mayhem at top boys' school

      jason - 2011-09-01 16:55

      @Vullis I would like nothing more to be proven wrong, but very recent torching of buses and train carriages in Khayelitsha pale to the very isolated event you mentioned.

      AceOfSpades - 2011-09-01 17:02

      The 'ouens vannie Kaap' will lower the suspension and fit each bus with a NOS kit to use for drifting.

  • Vullis - 2011-09-01 14:19

    Yeeuw, Yeeuw, Yeeuw Wena - Jy se daai deng! Ons gaan lekker daai bus ry, hy kom nou ok hieso

      Neles - 2011-09-01 16:51

      ek sien hom daai een

  • Maddy-CT - 2011-09-01 14:26

    I'm pleased to see the focus on Atlantis now. They always seem to have been forgotten.

      Ridah Booley - 2011-09-01 15:44

      is its not The lost city of atlantis? :)

  • Nero - 2011-09-01 14:35

    Do they make spinner mags for buses? Hope the DA put in for some bus-bling. Mind you, the ANCYL is probably going to trash the buses anyways cause the windows isn't tinted and everyone can see you while you ride on it. It infringes on the commuter's right to dignity.

  • Daemos1 - 2011-09-01 14:36

    W.Cape putting the rest of the country to shame

  • Kitkat24 - 2011-09-01 14:37

    Oh how i just love the mother city,, trying to cater for all... Cape Town Rocks and thats a Fact.!!!

      AjaxFiko - 2011-09-01 15:47

      Cater for all, you think?

      CHOCOLATE - 2011-09-01 16:05

      Agree up Cape Town. It is a pleasure using the MyCity bus and I can't wait for the extensions to other suburbs. Well done to our Mayor !!!

  • Poloyatonki - 2011-09-01 14:41

    This is a bad idea, Cape flats is a war zone with gangs. Who ever will be commuting those buses will be risking a life. I cant even my self drive through Cape Flats.

      willieman - 2011-09-01 14:46

      Because you are a chicken

      Bongza.GP - 2011-09-01 14:47

      I am waiting to hear the responses to this comment. This is a real social experiment in progress.

      ChrisG - 2011-09-01 14:49

      I'm white and I've been to the cape flats often with no problems. What makes you think you're too good to drive through the flats?

      Poloyatonki - 2011-09-01 15:04

      ChrisG.. You probably one of the drug dealers.

      Mike or Mpho - 2011-09-01 15:07

      you meant to say "especially me, being who I am, I wont be able to drive through the cape flats" shame dude, it must be tough

      DEVILS SON - 2011-09-01 15:14

      HAHA chicken, only haters need fear the flats, maybe dont look down on people and they will receive you with a little more warmth,

      Ingie - 2011-09-01 15:29

      Ag siestog...maybe try driving through any township...all are hooligans and thugs

      Vullis - 2011-09-01 15:37

      Cape Flats is Safer than Johannesburg

      Komasa - 2011-09-01 15:43

      @Ingie only an idiot like you would make a generalistion like that.

  • farmworker - 2011-09-01 14:45

    Cape Town you dragging us all down now, please implement Gautrain or GapeTrain

      PB - 2011-09-01 15:05


      Mike or Mpho - 2011-09-01 15:09

      why spend billions on a white elephant? Why not spend that sort of cash on systems that actually cater for all? oh, right, someone needs to enrich the elite!

      Andy - 2011-09-01 16:01

      And if they did implement a gautrain you would say they are wasting money and that its only for the rich whites - so no matter what they do you will always complain. If on the other hand the ANC did it then you would find 100 reasons for it to be good - Typical.

  • nangamso1 - 2011-09-01 14:46

    I like this, but also introduce it to Gugs

      Vullis - 2011-09-01 15:50

      Good Idea, but first they should put proper houses in Khaya and Gugs, our Cape Town people deserve it

  • trev2 - 2011-09-01 14:49

    Wait for the taxi driver protests.......

  • turbodosis - 2011-09-01 14:56

    will these buses be fitted with spinner mags, 10%tinted windows, rear view mirror dice, dashboard fur, "king of the road" window decals and 14 inch subwoofers? If not, perhaps it should be considered...

      Ingie - 2011-09-01 15:27

      And the busdriver will have no teeth or gold ones!!!

      Vullis - 2011-09-01 16:14

      .....and he will be white and smelly

      turbodosis - 2011-09-02 13:04

      All the thumbs down i got for this comment is certainly made by the kind of "grand" coloureds that are easily offended by association due to racial prejudice towards the stereotypical mitchels planer... except when mark lottering jokes about it, then apparently it is funny and "so trew ne?!" the only difference between you bunch of hypocrates and a typical mitchels planer is 10 minutes and a glass of wine. at least a true cape flats colourd has no pretences. They is what they is. Now i know you won't like what I'm saying, but it's true and you know it, so you can keep your thumbs, and shove it where the sun don't shine. TSEK!

      enrolics - 2011-09-02 13:51

      Turbo, dude interesting idea. Its all about cost though. And keeping things simple and uniform help foster order. The latter is all psychological. Look at the taxi industry, its non-uniformity in appearance. I believe this is the result (and one serious contributor maybe even) to the orderless nature of the taxi industry service. All for pimpin my own ride, but I'm am also for keeping civil services orderly! It helps promote a culture of efficiency and QUALITY. Rather focus on delivering a quality service at excellent cost, than worry about flashing bling. This is not the school/backyard playground trying show off.

      enrolics - 2011-09-02 13:55

      And ps. don't generalize about coloureds bro. We come in all sorts, and you coloreds from MP and Cape Town think you define what coloured culture is. Seriously get off your high horse.

      turbodosis - 2011-09-06 23:59

      " coloreds from MP and Cape Town think you define what coloured culture is. Seriously get off your high horse." of course I get that people are all different. it's just interesting how super sensitive coloured people usually are... it is so easy to evoke a really cool reaction. I suppose this because of a sense of cultural loyalty absent in most cultural groups in our country, or perhaps just because of environmental stimuli much the same as every other culture. As far as pointing out other coloureds in different areas as different, well, that is like saying chocolate milkshake is different at two different restaurants... still I believe that the coloured culture is made at the milky lane franchise... No matter where you go, it's never too different from the cape town milky lane...

  • LGH - 2011-09-01 15:12

    Well done Cape Town (and De Lille). Rome wasn't built in a day! Keep up the good work. I know you'd be surprised at how much support and momentum the DA are getting.

      CHOCOLATE - 2011-09-01 16:08

      YES LHG I love De Lille's initiaves keep it up for Cape Town

  • mothercitysme - 2011-09-01 15:13

    I have been using the West Coast service for 2 months. Its fantastic, reliable and efficient! This is good news for people of these areas. Use the service, take care of it and benefit from it for years to come:)

      MustBeCrazy - 2011-09-01 15:34

      Hoping it would come to the Northern Suburbs (Tygervalley/Durbanville). That would be awesome. Go DA!!! Nothing wrong with the Cape Flats. Good for them that they are getting the service too.

      CHOCOLATE - 2011-09-01 16:09

      As long as WE ALL treat buses, trains, and other people with respect we CAN get along most of all put the Lord first in our lives and he will direct our paths. Read Proverbs Chapter 3 verses 5 & 6

      CHOCOLATE - 2011-09-01 16:14

      And I am sure that you can confirm that the buses are not just for the rich and certain colours as the busses are filled with everyone from the City.

      Marie-louise - 2011-09-02 07:31

      I too have been using the MyCity bus regularly and I've enjoyed the company of all the commuters on it including the Black n Brown drivers, i've never found a single White driver on a bus. As for their smell, there's nothing wrong with my nose nor is there anything wrong with my heart and whatever is in one's heart comes out of one's mouth, and a'Thankyou Driver' at the end of one's trip does everyone's heart well to hear. Thankyou Cape Town's MyCity leaders for implementing this service I'm sure it will benefit all Capetonians wherever they live!God bless your plans and efforts.

  • VELOCITY - 2011-09-01 15:20

    Well done DA! Keep the progress and development rolling out. In PE the busses are rotting in a field rows upon rows of them. ANC municipality unable to make the bus system work.

  • Ingie - 2011-09-01 15:24

    The taxi bosses delegate to govt what they want and if they dont like these buses will torch them or strike

      Maddy-CT - 2011-09-01 16:34

      @ Ingie. Rubbish. There have been no problems with taxi owners who use the same routes as the West Coast IRT. The main taxi rank is directly opposite the central IRT station and there have been no protests or threats of violence from taxi owners. In fact the taxis have not been negatively affected by the IRT - the buses during peak hours (and sometimes out of peak hours) are full to capacity so there are still plenty of fares for the taxis.

  • Thuso - 2011-09-01 15:29

    viva DA/ID

  • Totman - 2011-09-01 15:37

    No, don't do that. You going to proof Tony(Cosato) wrong. He said that the services was only for rich and white people. You are now going to confuse his! Tony's new tune:" See, they(DA) now want to take the taxi's job over. They want my people to suffer."

  • Flarkit - 2011-09-01 15:49

    Let's see more of these modernised bus services in operation in all the metro areas please!

      PinkAndProud - 2011-09-01 16:03

      Only way is to vote DA.

      CHOCOLATE - 2011-09-01 16:12

      Flarkit good comment, but at least Cape Town is leading the way and the MyCity buses are an absolute pleasure. If you live out of Cape town, next time you are do yourself a favour and take a ride anywhere it is really great...

  • feppie - 2011-09-01 17:28

    Fantastic. I saw these buses for the 1st time on Sunday in Milnerton. Fantastic idea! I hope to see them in the Northern areas soon :)

  • eric.payi - 2011-09-01 17:45

    December 2013 is too far. Why does it have to take so long?

  • sstellenboom - 2011-09-22 14:02

    Do not forget Delft in this planning.

  • frank - 2011-10-10 22:59

    i took a ride to visit my sister in tableview today. to my amusement i found my self in a bus that has its own road that does not drive on the same road as other busses like a train geus wot do they call these busses my city shocked now i think to myself i live in lavenderhill why does my city not look after me and the other capetown peaple the way they take care of people living in tableview? their city defnitly cater for them i wish my city could do the same for us

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