Transport for Cape Town, the City of Cape Town’s transport authority, has set aside a special budget allocation of R18 million to implement 270 traffic calming projects across the city in the current financial year.
The following is an extract from a speech delivered by the City’s Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, this morning at the Congestion Summit:
"Today I propose that the City put forward an amount of R750 million over a period of five years for road infrastructure projects to address the issue of traffic congestion to begin to alleviate the major pressure points.
The City of Cape Town’s Council today, 28 October 2015, adopted a game-changing policy for the transformation of the minibus-taxi industry. This model intends to breathe new life into the industry by making available immediate business opportunities to shareholders in taxi operating companies, while also improving the service rendered to commuters in general.
Keynote speakers at the opening session of the African Union of Public Transport (UATP) Workshop on Best Practice in Africa warned that our cities will be in constant gridlock within a decade unless we succeed in doubling the market share of public transport in each country by 2025.
Experts in public transport attending the African Union of Public Transport (UATP) Workshop on Best Practice in Africa this morning reiterated that cities in Africa should integrate the different modes of transport – rail, buses, minibus-taxis, bicycles and walking lanes – to lure commuters from their private vehicles and to bring down the cost of public transport.
Motorists whose vehicle licence discs will expire on 31 October 2015 and are renewable by 21 November 2015 will not be receiving renewal notices. The City of Cape Town asks motorists to act proactively to ensure that the necessary arrangements are made and to renew discs online.
The UATP Workshop, hosted by TCT, will be attended by nearly 180 delegates from all over Africa and beyond, sharing their views and expertise on mobility in the 21st Century.
The City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron, today conducted a site visit in the Cape Town CBD where construction teams are building bump-outs at busy intersections to improve pedestrian safety and universal access for road users with special needs.
The proposed new model will aim to bring benefits to the entire minibus-taxi industry and not only those who are affected by the roll-out of the MyCiTi bus service.
Previously, minibus-taxis at the informal rank in Nomzamo operated from a potholed asphalt surface with inadequate food and seating facilities, no bathrooms and very little shelter against the elements.