[Update] Cape Town #taxistrike may affect MyCiTi, Golden Arrow on Tuesday

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Update: The taxi strike affecting Cape Town and surrounds was suspended late on Monday.

Cape Town’s MyCiTi and Golden Arrow bus services may not operate in certain regions of the city tomorrow, as the provincial taxi strike is set to continue.

On Monday, commuters were left stranded as trains and buses were late or suspended, and taxis refused to operate. Two buses were set alight in Khayelitsha, south east of Cape Town’s city centre.

Late Monday, MyCiTi failed to confirm that its service to the area — namely its D01 and D02 service — will be reinstated on Tuesday.

“The City of Cape Town this morning, 6 August 2018, suspended the MyCiTi bus service in Khayelitsha after three MyCiTi buses were stoned and two Golden Arrow Bus Service (GABS) buses were set alight. The service will remain suspended until further notice,” read a statement published to Facebook.

“The decision by the minibus-taxi industry relates to internal industry leadership issues, and it is unclear when these will be resolved.”

Additionally, the Golden Arrow Bus Service also took to the social network to answer a slew of concerned commuters’ questions.

“We are still not able to operate within Delft, Mfuleni, Nyanga and Khayelitsha,” the service alerted commuters late on Monday.

“We are currently operating from the outskirts of these areas. Wynberg services are currently operating from the Firestation parking area on Rosmead Avenue. We will update again as soon as additional info comes in. If your area is not mentioned here please assume that you are not directly affected however there may be residual delays.”

When asked whether the service will be reinstated on Tuesday, it confirmed that it “can’t be sure at this stage”.

While Metrorail battles with infrastructure issues, arson and delayed trains, Tuesday’s commute across Cape Town is set to be another struggle for some.

Feature image: warrenski via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0, resized)

Andy Walker, former editor


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