News agency, Cape Town, South Africa
Thursday September 19th 2019

Taxi bosses surrender their vehicles as MyCiTi extends its routes


The further implementation of MyCiTi Phase1along the west coast route and CBD will see 105 former taxi drivers being trained as bus drivers as the City completely phases out taxi’s in that area.

Thursday Mayco Member for Transport Roads and Stormwater Brett Herron announced that the City was to activate a number of new MyCiTi routes over the next two months.

Herron said following the signing of the 12-year MyCiTi bus vehicle operator contracts last month, many of the existing taxi’s and bus service along the new routes will be phased out.

Chair of the Atlantis-based Blaauwberg Taxi Association (BTA) Christy Prins, who is also a bus operations director at Kidrogen — one of the MyCiTi bus Vehicle Operating Companies — said 38 taxis from his taxi association will be completely removed from the road when the City activates the new MyCiTi routes in the next two months.

Prins said taxi bosses have accepted the offer of exchanging their taxis for compensation and shares in Kidrogen.

He said gatjies, who also make their living from the minibus taxi industry, would be employed as bus cleaners.

He said after 38 taxis have been phased out, the association will remain with 85 taxi vans to operate in routes not yet affected by the introduction of MyCiTi.

Former chairman of Du Noon Taxi Association who is now Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Kidrogen, Bigboy Ncube, said by mid October 25 taxis will be removed from the road, 63 by mid December and finally the last batch of 38 taxis in October 2014.

Only 14 taxis would remain to operate along unaffected routes in Bellville and Bothasig, said Ncube.

Herron said on November 2 the MyCiTi bus service will start operating in Vredehoek, Oranjezicht, Sea Point along High Level Road and Beach Road via the Victoria and Alfred (V&A) Waterfront, Melkbosstrand and Duinefontein.

On November 30 two routes will launch between the Silo area of the V&A Waterfront, and over Kloof Nek to Camps Bay.

In the Century City area, the existing shuttle service will be replaced by a MyCiTi route from the Century City rail station along Century City Boulevard to Montague Gardens, he said. –Peter Luhanga

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