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The City of Cape Town’s Urban Mobility Portfolio Committee conducted oversight visits of the construction projects related to the roll-out of the second phase of the MyCiTI service to Mitchells Plain and Khayelisha, including the Makhaza Public Transport Interchange, and issues affecting winter preparation programmes and road conditions.

The visit took place on 29 June 2022 and the Portfolio Committee was accompanied by project managers and District Roads Infrastructure Maintenance officials.

‘The visit was an important step in our annual oversight work. The Portfolio Committee has taken a keen interest in the potential of Urban Mobility projects to transform communities,’ said the Portfolio Committee Chairperson for Urban Mobility, Councillor Mikhail Manuel.

The Makhaza Public Transport Interchange (PTI) will transform the area from a previously informal minibus-taxi rank to a modern public space. The City is investing over R14,4 million in the Makhaza PTI project.

The Urban Mobility Portfolio will continue to engage with the Urban Mobility Directorate and the Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Mobility, Councillor Rob Quintas, as the projects in the metro-south east progress.

The Portfolio Committee also inspected Bonga Drive, a recently resurfaced road impacted by overflowing sewage.

‘The committee is aware that solving this problem is high on the agenda of the Water and Sanitation Directorate. We are committed to engaging the Water and Sanitation Portfolio Committee on transversal efforts to ensure infrastructure is able to serve communities for the intended lifespan,’ said Councillor Manuel.

Other issues observed by the Portfolio Committee affecting the Khayelitsha community are the impact of land invasions on the City’s winter preparation programme and the impact of sand mining on road infrastructure