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The City of Cape Town’s Executive Mayor, Alderman Dan Plato, emphasised that public transport infrastructure and maintenance of Cape Town’s road network remain the top spending priorities for the Transport Directorate for the next financial year. Last week, the annual budget for the 2021/22 financial year was approved by a full sitting of Council.
The Transport Directorate’s budget for the new financial year starting 1 July 2021 amounts to R7,5 billion with R2,2 billion budgeted for capital projects and R5,3 billion for operations.
A key priority is the roll-out of Phase 2A of the MyCiTi bus service to Mitchells Plain, Khayelitsha, Claremont and Wynberg. Up to R7,1 billion is being spent over a period of seven years to provide commuters from 30 communities with a bus service that is affordable, safe, and reliable.
How Cape Town’s local economy and residents stand to benefit from public investment in Phase 2A:
‘One cannot underestimate the significant contribution the roll-out of Phase 2A of the MyCiTi bus service will make to Cape Town’s economic recovery during and after the Covid-19 pandemic. Phase 2A is a massive undertaking by the City to bring affordable public transport closer to those who need it most. Many temporary work opportunities are created where construction and road upgrades are under way, and local businesses also stand to benefit from subcontracting their goods and services.
The routes will connect about 30 communities along the way and will significantly improve access to opportunities and amenities. The City’s investment will also greatly assist with urban regeneration of the areas where the routes and stations will be constructed, and we hope to see private investment and developments following over time,’ said the City’s Executive Mayor, Alderman Dan Plato.
Some of the major capital projects planned for the new financial year are:
The operating budget constitutes 71% of the directorate’s overall budget for the year, with priorities being:
‘We are all aware of the impact of Covid-19 on South Africa’s economy and the City is concerned about further budget cuts by the National Treasury as a result. All-in-all, Cape Town’s road network, valued at R146 billion, covers a distance of 10 420 km. Regular ongoing road maintenance is crucial to prolong the longevity of the network so that people and goods can reach their destinations and assist with building our local economy. I want to assure residents that we are trying our best to achieve more with less resources, and to keep on improving our roads across the city,’ said Mayor Plato.
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