The City of Cape Town says the MyCiTi service will be suspended as from midnight on Wednesday April 18 until further notice because of the impending nationwide bus strike action.
As a result of dead-locked wage negotiations, the unions who are party to the South African Road Passengers Bargaining Council (SARPBAC) have subsequently given notice of their intention to embark on strike action.
No MyCiTi buses will be operating and commuters are requested to make alternative arrangements.
“We regret the inconvenience caused and the pressure it adds on commuters to make alternative travel arrangements. The strike will have a serious knock-on effect on all public transport and road-based traffic as more than 72 000 commuters make use of the MyCiTi service on any given weekday. Furthermore, we anticipate that the strike action will have a severe impact on Cape Town’s commuters who are already taking strain due to the challenges that Metrorail is experiencing with the Central line,” said Brett Herron, the City’s mayoral committee member for transport and urban development.
It is unclear how long the strike will continue. The City will monitor the situation and provide commuters with updates as far as possible.
Commuters are also advised to visit the MyCiTi website on www.myciti.org.za for regular updates; and to follow them on Twitter @MyCiTiBus; or to phone the Transport Information Centre on 0800 65 64 63 – the TIC is available 24/7.