The City of Cape Town is set to extend the footprint of its MyCity bus service in Mitchells Plain. The City will on Saturday launch an additional MyCiTi route in Mitchells Plain which will form part of the very popular N2 Express service which currently operates between Mitchells Plain and the Civic Centre station in the Cape Town central business district.
It said that with the roll-out of the new D04 route, Transport for Cape Town, the City’s transport authority, was extending the coverage of the N2 Express service in Mitchells Plain by an additional six sets of bus stops. The City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Brett Herron, said: “We are extremely excited about the roll-out of the additional N2 Express route to the Kapteinsklip Railway Station in Mitchells Plain next weekend.
“We have just audited the latest MyCiTi statistics which confirm that 31,328 passenger journeys were recorded on the existing D03 route between Mitchells Plain and the Civic Centre station during the month of October 2015 – an increase of 4,5% or 1,339 passenger journeys compared with September 2015. The new route will bring the MyCiTi service closer to more residents in Mitchells Plain, providing communities from the Cape Flats with safe, affordable and decent public transport.”
Herron said: “We consulted widely with the residents, local leaders and community organisations in Mitchells Plain in the run-up to the launch of the N2 Express service in 2014. At the time, we engaged with the communities and our partners in the public transport industry about the additional routes and location of the bus stops. The roll-out next weekend is a culmination of the public participation process and stands as an example of what can be achieved if we work together”
The MyCiTi buses on the D04 route will be operated by the current N2 Express vehicle operating company that was formed by Codeta in Khayelitsha, the Route 6 Taxi Association in Mitchells Plain, and the Golden Arrow Bus Service.
MyCity buses will operate along the same route as the current D03 route from Mitchells Plain East to the Civic Centre station, but with an extension along AZ Berman Drive to the Kapteinsklip Railway Station. There are six new sets of bus stops along Yellowwood Street, Kilimanjaro Street and AZ Berman Drive – named Imperial, Spine, Langeberg, Paulsberg, Snowdon and Kapteinsklip
Buses along the new route would serve residents in Tafelsig, Eastridge and Lentegeur, before traveling along the N2 freeway to the Civic Centre station in the Cape Town CBD. The first bus will depart from Kapteinsklip at 5:30am on weekdays, with the last bus departing from the Civic Centre station at 21:35.
The City said the buses will travel on the existing dedicated bus, minibus and taxi (BMT) lane on the N2 freeway and on their arrival at the Civic Centre station, passengers will be able to connect to other parts of the city where the service has been rolled out – be it Atlantis on the West Coast, the Waterfront, or Hout Bay on the Atlantic Seaboard The City added that the six new sets of bus stops would be temporary.
“The locations of the bus stops will be finalised once the route has been operational for a few months and until such time as the passenger demand and the needs of the local community have been confirmed,” Herron added. “This will enable TCT to test the locations and to make the necessary changes – if needed – before construction commences. This is similar to how the MyCiTi service was rolled out in Phase 1A – in fact, there are still temporary stops in operation in parts of Phase 1A, including Fresnaye on the Atlantic Seaboard.”
MyCity users have to buy a myconnect card to travel as cash is not accepted on the MyCity buses. “We do, however, want to make the service more accessible to the residents of Mitchells Plain,” Herron said. “The myconnect card normally costs R35, but these will be issued for free to residents who have not received a free card in the past.
“I want to request the residents from Mitchells Plain to make use of the MyCiTi service. It may take a while to get used to the cashless system, the timetables and routes, but it is safe, convenient and affordable. In fact, a MyCiTi journey from the Kapteinsklip station stop to the Civic Centre station in Cape Town will cost approximately R14,80 (one-way) during the peak-hour period and approximately R11,60 during the off-peak period on the Mover package.”
A man has been caught red-handed during an operation focused on illegal dumping in Philippi and Mitchell’s Plain.
Mayor Patricia de Lille and members of the City of Cape Town’s task teams visited a few illegal dumping hotspots.
“I was shocked to see the vast amount of illegal dumping and the complete disregard for the law as well as the health of the public and the environment,” De Lille says. “During our inspections, our teams found a man illegally dumping building rubble at one of the illegal dumping hotspots in Philippi.”
The man was issued with a written notice to appear in court with an admission of guilt fine for R5000.
Staff from City enforcement agencies, including solid waste management and law enforcement, regularly monitor illegal dumping hotspots. Since the beginning of the year they have issued fines totalling about R1m.
“Earlier this morning, these enforcement teams also found illegally dumped medical waste at two sites in Philippi and Beacon Valley. The waste included expired tablets, old medicine bottles and expired baby food. As part of our efforts to improve service delivery and create a safe environment for residents, the City is committed to stamping out illegal dumping,” De Lille says.
She adds that dumping not only places a burden on the City’s finances and resources, but can also pose a threat to public health.
“In April 2013, three-year-old Jordan Lewis died after playing near illegally dumped chemical waste in Delft. To combat this problem, the City spends more than R350m annually to clear waste from open spaces, sewerage systems and toilets – money that could be much better spent on new services and infrastructure. For example, the City could have built 2065 houses or provided electricity for 31 627 homes,” says De Lille.
The City is amending its bylaws to enable the impounding and forfeiture of cars used in dumping.
“This measure is used internationally and has proven to be very effective in deterring illegal dumping. Although illegal dumping occurs across the city, there are certain hotspots where the problem is more prevalent,” she says. These areas include Mitchell’s Plain, Nyanga, Philippi and Epping Industria.
“Today we saw how, despite our monitoring and regular operations, perpetrators continue to show little regard for the law, or for public and environmental health. We have therefore shifted our focus from being reactive, to taking a more proactive approach. We simply cannot keep spending money on a problem that is 100% avoidable,” De Lille states.
In March the City announced that cash rewards of up to R1000 would be offered for information that leads to a positive outcome against criminal activity, including illegal dumping.
“There is no reason for residents to dump waste illegally. The City has 25 waste drop-off sites around the metro for the proper disposal of waste,” says De Lille.
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