‘We can proudly say that MyCiTi is the biggest Black Economic Empowerment project that the City of Cape Town has undertaken,’ announced Mayor Patricia De Lille, speaking at an event yesterday to commemorate the MyCiti N2 Express expansion. The service, which launched last month, connects the outlying areas of Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha to the city centre.
She said that, to date, the MyCiti project has seen an overall investment of R6.5 billion from the City, including R2.5 billion in the form of long-term contracts that empower former taxi drivers, R200 million for the construction of stations and procurement of busses, and more than R29 000 to train each driver. (Since the launch of the MYCiti service, the City has invested R6.7 million to train 447 drivers on all routes.) During construction, only local subcontractors were employed, as per the City’s agreement with the contractor.
By September, 88 former taxi drivers will have been trained to drive the MyCiti N2 Express service, and will enjoy employment benefits such as medical aid, pensions, leave, fixed working hours and stable employment.
Furthermore, up to 66% of the company that runs the MyCiTi N2 Express service on the Cape Flats is owned by local taxi associations CODETA and Route Six.
‘This project is a fine example of a City that is making progress by creating an opportunity-filled and inclusive city,’ said De Lille.