STATEMENT BY THE CITY'S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR TRANSPORT, ALDERMAN FELICITY PURCHASE

The City of Cape Town urges commuters to take note of the latest regulations applicable to Alert Level 3 of the National Lockdown. These were gazetted by the National Government and must be adhered to by all in the effort to limit the spread of COVID-19.

In terms of the new regulations: 

  • A curfew is effective as from this evening between 21:00 and 04:00 daily, prohibiting all non-essential movement
  • Those making use of public transport services between 21:00 and 04:00 must be in possession of a permit for performing a permitted or essential service. Thus, one is only allowed to travel for work purposes, or a security and medical emergency between 21:00 and 04:00
  • The wearing of a mask or cloth to cover your nose and mouth when in public, is mandatory. Nobody will be allowed to enter a public transport facility or board a public transport vehicle without this 
  • Public transport vehicles, inclusive of buses and minibus-taxis, are allowed to transport 100% of their licensed capacity 
  • Public transport vehicles, inclusive of buses and minibus-taxis, may only transport 70% of their licensed capacity when doing long distance trips of 200 km or more 
  • Good ventilation of public transport vehicles is crucial, and windows must be open while commuters are transported.

I am urging residents to please adhere to the latest regulations, in particular the wearing of a mask or cloth when in public. This is not optional, but mandatory. The City will strictly enforce this regulation. There will be no exceptions. We cannot allow any commuter to enter a MyCiTi station, or board a MyCiTi bus without a mask or cloth covering their nose and mouth before, during, and after the journey.

Commuters can visit www.myciti.org.za for regular updates; follow us on Twitter @MyCiTiBus; or phone the Transport Information Centre on 0800 65 64 63 – the TIC is available 24/7 and the call is free from any phone.

Hand sanitiser is available in our stations and on our buses, and I urge commuters to please use this. Adhere to social distancing, avoid touching common surfaces, and wash your hands with soap and water after your journey. Officials are working around the clock to ensure that the MyCiTi buses, stations and facilities are continuously cleaned and sanitised.

We have also implemented measures at public transport facilities (PTIs) to make it easier for commuters to adhere to social distancing, and we are continuously cleaning common areas and surfaces. Minibus-taxi operators must please ensure that drivers and commuters are wearing masks or cloths, and that the taxi’s windows are open to allow for good ventilation.

COVID-19 is challenging us like never before. The City is adapting and improving its systems in accordance with the new regulations, and we are doing all we can to keep our commuters safe. However, we also need commuters to please play their part, and to take responsibility for their own health and safety, the health and safety of their loved ones, and that of the broader community.

As one City, working together, we can overcome COVID-19.