Updating: ‘Wildcat’ MyCiti strike brings Cape Town to a standstill

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Update, Tuesday 10am: The “wildcat” MyCiti bus strike continues into its second day, affecting a vast swathe of Cape Town.

There are however more lines currently operating today than on Monday, when strike action began.

“The following services are currently operating on routes: T02, X02, D01, D02, D03, D04, 232, 233, 234, 236 and 237,” Cape Town’s MyCiti bus service tweeted early on Tuesday.

As of 6am on Tuesday, a slew of other routes remain suspended.

Update, Monday 2pm: It’s getting more likely that those who use Cape Town’s MyCiti service to travel to and from the CBD and a number of other areas will need to find alternative transport this afternoon.

A number of routes remain suspended following the “wildcat” strike which began on Monday morning, including trunk routes to and from the Airport and the city’s northern regions.

However, those who travel along the Mitchell’s Plain, Kuyasa, and Kapteinsklip routes (D01, D02, D03, and D04) are in luck. While not suspended, those four routes will operate to and from Adderley Street and not the Civic Centre.

Update, Monday 11am: More than 20 MyCiti routes across Cape Town remain suspended as of 11am.

The suspended routes include A01 — the chief link between the CBD and Cape Town International Airport — and T01, T03 and T04 — the trunk routes connecting the CBD with Cape Town’s northern suburbs.

Original article: Cape Town’s MyCiti bus service has ground to a halt on Monday after drivers embarked on a “wildcat strike”.

According to Brett Herron, the City of Cape Town’s Mayco committee member for transport and urban development, the reason for the strike is still unknown.

“It appears most @MyCiTiBus routes are affected by a drivers’ illegal or wildcat strike this morning. Striking drivers are allegedly trying to intimidate those who working by blocking the red roads,” he tweeted. “I’m not sure yet what this is about. Apologies to commuters who will be impacted.”

A number of pictures on social media suggest that drivers are currently gathered around the Civic Centre station in central Cape Town.

The impact of the strike, however, is widespread.

As of 10am on Monday, routes A01, T01, T03, T04, 101, 102, 103,104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 213, 214, 215, 216, 217, 230, 251, 260, 261, and 262 are all at a standstill, with no buses in operation. A limited service impacts T02, D01, D02, D03, and D04.

Just 10 routes are seemingly operating normally at the time of writing, including T02, D01, D02, D03, D04, 232, 233, 234, 236, and 237.

It’s not clear when the MyCiti service will return to normal.

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

Andy Walker, former editor


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