Cape Town parking marshals could return to the CBD by end of November

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  • Parking attendants in the City of Cape Town will soon be able to return to work.
  • The City said the pandemic and lockdown restrictions played a role in the parking operations in the city's business districts.
  • The City anticipates that parking marshals could be back by the end of November.

Parking marshals in Cape Town could return to work by the end of November if all goes as planned.

Motorists have not had to pay for parking in the CBD since the service provider's contract expired in June last year.

The City of Cape Town said the pandemic and lockdown restrictions played a significant role in parking operation management in the Cape Town business districts coming to a halt.

The city relies on specialist contractors for these services.

"Given the economic climate, there was little interest from the private sector when requests for quotations were advertised in March 2021, and again in a second round in May 2021. The lack of interest caused some delays," added the City's Mayoral Committee Member for Transport, Rob Quintas.

According to the City, the process to procure a new kerbside parking management contract in the Cape Town CBD, Sea Point, Claremont, Newlands, and Bellville is under way.

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"If all goes as planned, the new contractor should be appointed by the end of September 2021," the City confirmed.

Given the complexities associated with the management of parking bays, the contractor will need time to procure the equipment and appoint and train staff.

The City said that the management of parking in these areas may only proceed by the end of November 2021.

Quintas said: 

If there are no unforeseen challenges or delays, parking marshals should be on duty in these areas before the festive season starts.

"We can assure residents and businesses that the Transport Directorate is doing all it can to ensure management commences as a matter of urgency. We are well aware that clients need parking bays to visit businesses in these areas," Quintas said.

The City said they need to follow due process in the awarding of contracts, and this does take time.

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