The City of Cape Town is monitoring the local impact of the national transport strike embarked upon by members of the transport workers unions SATAWU and TOWU. Read more below:
Reports this morning were that traffic was slightly more congested than usual, however, the strike does not seem to have caused a significant increase in traffic volumes across the city, and no substantial delays were reported this morning. There were no incidents reported on the roads this morning.
The MyCiTi bus service continues to run on its slightly reduced schedule as it did on Friday without major disruption. No complaints about this minor disruption have been received. The Table View feeder and trunk services are not affected, with buses departing the station every 10 minutes and queues at stations were cleared quickly. In the inner city services were run according to the off-peak travel schedule, meaning buses departed every 20 minutes.
MyCiTi services to the airport had to be diverted after non-related protest action meant the airport approach road had to be closed. This has not impacted on the buses schedule of arrivals and departures.
Thus far there have been no reports of intimidation at any of our depots, nor threats of violence anywhere in the system, and none are anticipated.
Revenue staff who man the station kiosks have been affected in that some have had difficulty getting to work. In these rare cases passengers were requested to go to the nearest retailers in the area to top up their myconnect cards before they were able to travel on the buses.
Following a request from the City to be lenient with employees, the Cape Chamber of Commerce indicated that it was appreciative of the transport challenges that may be experienced by employees and would encourage businesses to be lenient and permit employees to work flexible hours. This allowed the peak travelling hours to be flattened, minimising the disruption.
The use of Golden Arrow clip cards on the Metrorail trains is reported to be working well.
There has been no indication that other unions will embark on a sympathy strike.
City employees are not participating in the strike. There are a number of City Departments that are working together to minimise the negative impact of the strike on the public. Thus far the City’s contingency plan is working well.
The City assures commuters that it is constantly monitoring the transport situation and will keep the public informed of developments.
The City urges all the parties involved in the labour dispute to reach an accord as soon as possible.
For more information, please contact the Transport Information Centre on 0800 65 64 63 (toll-free from a landline)
Issued by: Integrated Strategic Communication and Branding Department, City of Cape Town