#MyCiTiAlert! Commuters should take note of possible strike by minibus-taxi industry
The City of Cape Town has been informed that the minibus-taxi industry may withhold services as from tomorrow, 6 August 2018. Commuters are advised that, should the industry indeed go ahead and withhold their services, the MyCiTi service may also be affected.
Thousands of commuters rely on minibus-taxis to get to and from work. This trend has become more prevalent the past two years with the challenges Metrorail is facing.
I am thus perturbed by this news that one of our most important partners in the public transport sector may withdraw its services and leave thousands of commuters stranded at the start of a new workweek.
I understand the reasons for this possible action are related to delayed internal industry leadership elections. It is also uncertain whether all of the local minibus-taxi associations will participate, and whether those who opt to continue with their services will be allowed to do so without being intimidated.
Given that the MyCiTi bus drivers also rely on the minibus-taxis to get to work, some routes may be affected if the drivers cannot get to the bus depots on time to prepare for the morning peak-hour service.
MyCiTi commuters are thus forewarned about possible delays, and those commuters making use of minibus-taxis are also advised to have alternative traveling arrangements in place should the strike go ahead.
Commuters can visit the MyCiTi website on www.myciti.org.za for regular updates about the service; and to follow us on Twitter @MyCiTiBus; or to phone the Transport Information Centre on 0800 65 64 63 – the TIC is available 24/7 for all queries related to public transport services in Cape Town.
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