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Public Transport News

Steady increase in demand for MyCiTi bus service

By: Irma Venter     17th May 2024 The latest audited statistics on MyCiTi ridership in and around Cape Town show that there is an increasing demand for the bus service. “It took some time for the service to settle in again after the Covid-19 pandemic, and for operations to return to normal,” says City of Cape Town Urban Mobility... 

PRASA partially restores five more railway corridors

By: Irma Venter     26th April 2024 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) says it has restored another five Metrorail corridors across Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape. These rail services were interrupted by Covid-19, vandalism, crime and poor maintenance practices under previous management teams. 

Cape Town’s MyCiTi depot construction 65% complete

By: Irma Venter     12th April 2024 The City of Cape Town (CoCT) says construction work on two new MyCiTi depots, located on the corner of Spine Road and Mew Way between Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain, is now 65% complete. City officials add that the bus transit project is on track to be concluded by May next year. Construction... 

Uber launches service for 13- to 17-year-olds in South Africa

By: Schalk Burger     11th April 2024 Digital mobility services company Uber has launched Uber Teen accounts in South Africa, which will enable youths aged 13 to 17 to hail rides, while their trips can be monitored and tracked with a suite of safety and security systems, Uber sub-Saharan Africa GM Kagiso Khaole announced on April 11.... 

Uber sub-Saharan Africa GM Kagiso Khaole
Uber sub-Saharan Africa GM Kagiso Khaole

PRASA restores five more rail corridors partially 

By: Irma Venter     4th April 2024 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) says it has restored another five Metrorail corridors across Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape. These rail services were interrupted by Covid-19, vandalism, crime and poor maintenance practices under previous management teams. 

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Gautrain Management Agency chief speaks on extension plans, service enhancements

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     29th March 2024 The Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) is re-engineering the company for full commercialisation while undertaking extension plans and pursuing enhancements for the Gautrain system, with many of these to be enabled by the appointment of a new concessionaire in 2026. This was outlined by recently... 

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Cape Town’s MyCiTi Spine Road depot construction 65% complete

By: Irma Venter     20th March 2024 The City of Cape Town (CoCT) says construction work on two new MyCiTi depots, located on the corner of Spine Road and Mew Way between Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain, is now 65% complete. City officials add that the bus transit project is on track to be concluded by May next year. Construction... 

Image of the new MyCiTi depots, located on the corner of Spine Road and Mew Way between Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain

Draft public transport policy to provide guidance for existing, new subsidies

By: Schalk Burger     18th March 2024 The draft National Public Transport Subsidy Policy, which has been gazetted, is aimed at introducing outcomes-based planning for integrated public transport. There are currently no guidelines for how implementing agents should allocate the existing subsidies the country provides for transport.... 

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Draft public transport subsidy policy recommends increasing funding to 5% of GDP

By: Schalk Burger     15th March 2024 The Draft National Public Transport Subsidy Policy recommends that funding for public transport be increased from the current 0.8% of gross domestic product (GDP) to 5% of GDP. Compared with international trends and based on the level of public transport use in the country, South African society... 

Transport Minister Sindisiwe Chikunga
Transport Minister Sindisiwe Chikunga

Taxi Relief Fund extended to enable remaining claimants to secure payment

By: Schalk Burger     15th March 2024 The Department of Transport (DoT) has obtained Cabinet approval to extend the Taxi Relief Fund (TRF) to November 30. The request to extend the TRF was made to afford as many taxi operators as possible an opportunity to benefit from the fund. 

Vehicles parked in a taxi rank in Gauteng

African shared mobility sector to almost double in size by 2030 – report

By: Irma Venter     1st March 2024 The size of Africa’s shared mobility market, which includes services such as ride-hailing, scooter or e-bike rentals, as well as car-sharing, will almost double by 2030, creating an additional 550 000 income-earning opportunities.  That is according to a new report from global management... 

Cape Town’s Mayco recommends extending the N2 Express MyCiTi bus service contract

By: Irma Venter     21st February 2024 Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee has recommended that the city extends the operating contract of the N2 Express bus service for another two years, until June 30, 2026.  This is to allow for the continuation of the bus service between Mitchells Plain, Khayelitsha and the Civic Centre station, until... 

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BMW brings prototype hydrogen fleet to SA  

20th February 2024 Vehicle manufacturer BMW South Africa has brought prototype hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles to South Africa to showcase the future mobility technology to local stakeholders, test its domestic applicability and sample consumer interest. 

BMW brings prototype hydrogen fleet to SA
BMW brings prototype hydrogen fleet to SA

Cape Town to invest R43bn in infrastructure in the next three years – mayor 

By: Irma Venter     14th February 2024 Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis says the city will invest R43-billion in infrastructure over the next three years. The ten-year project pipeline is valued at R120-billion. 

Image of Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis and city manager Lungelo Mbandazayo 
Cape Town mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis and city manager Lungelo Mbandazayo 

Business stakeholders find ‘election-oriented’ SoNA wanting

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th February 2024 Business stakeholders agree that President Cyril Ramphosa was right to emphasise economic reforms in his State of the Nation Address (SoNA) on February 8, as these are critical to turning around the country’s dire economic performance and unemployment. Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA), for... 

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South Africa's electricity and logistics crises remain a concern for business

Gautrain celebrates midibus feeder service successes

By: Schalk Burger     14th December 2023 Urban commuter rail service Gautrain has opened additional midibus routes from its stations in Centurion and Hatfield in partnership with the minibus taxi operators. The Gautrain Midibus Feeder and Distribution Service has been operating from Marlboro station since 2011 following a partnership... 

A Gautrain-branded midibus taxi

PRASA sets sights on big recovery in passenger trips by 2030

By: Irma Venter     1st December 2023 Like many other State-owned entities, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has had its share of scandals. Its board chairperson was fired following an investigation into abuse of PRASA accommodation. And then there are those multimillion-rand payments to keep suspended senior... 

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RFA, SAAFF, Hume reiterate concern about South Africa’s logistics performance

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th November 2023 Representative organisation the Road Freight Association (RFA) emphasises that the deterioration of South Africa’s ports and rail has been a slow, continued process over at least ten years, and that management of State-owned entity (SOE) Transnet and its subsidiaries have been fully aware of the... 

An image showing Road Freight Association CEO Gavin Kelly
Road Freight Association CEO Gavin Kelly

Richards Bay Port says it ‘may’ halt trucks carrying cargo to the port; RFA outraged  

By: Irma Venter     17th November 2023 Richards Bay Transnet Port Terminals (RCB TPT) says it “may” suspend the processing of trucks bringing cargo into its terminals by road. Only trucks whose vessels have been already nominated shall be processed, says Transnet regional corporate affairs manager Msawakhe Mayisela. 

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The port of Richards Bay

First phase of Rosebank Public Transport Facility upgrade completed

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th November 2023 The first phase of construction upgrades for the Rosebank Public Transport Facility has reached practical completion, the Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) reports. Phase two of the project will begin, pending the finalisation of building plan approvals. 

Process to appoint new Gautrain partner post-2026 under way

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th November 2023 The Gauteng executive council has approved the procurement of a new delivery partner for the Gautrain system, meaning that the Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) has been granted the approval to go to market and advertise a request for proposals (RfP) for a new delivery partner for the Gautrain... 

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The post-2026 Gautrain project is expected to further unlock economic potential and opportunities

Broad-based strain evident in the logistics sector, Ctrack index shows

By: Irma Venter     27th October 2023 The Ctrack Transport and Freight Index (CTFI) retreated further during August, to an index level of 118.8, the lowest since February, when it was at 116.7.  This represents a 1.5% decrease. It is also the third consecutive monthly contraction, and serves as confirmation of the ongoing strain the... 

Cape Town deploys new safety team at public transport facilities

By: Irma Venter     26th October 2023 Cape Town has added a Public Transport Facilities Safety Team to its Transport Enforcement Unit. The Western Cape Mobility Department is funding the new team as part of its safer public transport initiative. 

Image of Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis at the launch of the Cape Town public transport safety team
Geordin Hill-Lewis at the launch of the safety team

Metrobus launches intelligent transport system, moves premises

By: Darren Parker     25th October 2023 City of Joburg public transport provider Metrobus has launched an intelligent transport system, which includes an automated fare collection platform, an onboard bus camera monitoring system and free public WiFi. The launch was part of Metrobus's strategic programme for Technology and Business... 

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R575m Goodwood social housing project gears up for its first tenants

By: Irma Venter     13th October 2023 Tenanting is set to begin in November on the 330-unit first phase of the Goodwood social housing megaproject, which will, once completed, provide affordable rental opportunities for more than 1 000 Cape Town residents and their families. All 1 000 units will be completed by mid-2024. 

Neglect, mismanagement threaten S Africa's once-promising transport infrastructure, warns Cesa

By: Nadine Ramdass     13th October 2023 South Africa boasts extensive road and railway systems, along with well-equipped ports and airports, some of which are comparable to infrastructure in developed nations. However, a lack of maintenance and poor management have resulted in degrading transport infrastructure, with far-reaching... 

Gauteng must play a key role in advancing smart mobility – Lesufi 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd October 2023 Smart mobility is a pivotal part of achieving the government’s Vision 2030 plan and Gauteng must play a leading role in this, especially with its transition towards a digital economy, Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi emphasised on October 2.  He was delivering the keynote address on the second day... 

Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi
Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi

New Gautrain Management Agency CEO announced

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd September 2023 Tshepo Kgobe has been named the next CEO of the Gautrain Management Agency (GMA), succeeding William Dachs, who will step down when his tenure ends on January 31. Kgobe is an engineer with diverse technical expertise in infrastructure, energy, mining and the railway environment.  At the start of... 

New Gautrain Management Agency CEO announced

City of Cape Town to launch dispute mediation process on PRASA devolution, service standards

By: Irma Venter     22nd September 2023 Cape Town mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis says the city is briefing its lawyers to launch an intergovernmental dispute on passenger rail devolution and service standards.  Hill-Lewis says the city has been unable to form a joint devolution working committee with national government as it attempts to... 

Five more Western Cape rail corridors targeted for recovery – PRASA

By: Irma Venter     22nd September 2023 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) says it has, to date, recovered eight lines in the Western Cape following the complete collapse of service during the Covid-19-pandemic. Six of the lines in the Western Cape are operating using the new blue electric motor units, otherwise known as... 

R575m Goodwood social housing project gearing up for its first tenants 

By: Irma Venter     20th September 2023 Tenanting is set to begin in November on the 330-unit first phase of the Goodwood social housing megaproject, which will, once completed, provide affordable rental opportunities to more than 1 000 Cape Town residents and their families. All 1 000 units will be completed by mid-2024. 

Image of the Goodwood social housing development in Cape Town
The Goodwood development

Cape Town’s MyCiTi bus service logs 68% growth since 2021

By: Irma Venter     18th September 2023 Cape Town’s MyCiTi bus service has logged 18.32-million passenger trips for the 12 months from July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2023. This is significantly more than the target of 16.9-million passenger trips originally set by Cape Town’s Portfolio Committee on Urban Mobility for the 2022/23 financial... 

Image of a MyCiTi bus stop

Stellenbosch University converts Toyota taxi into EV, testing to start shortly

By: Irma Venter     8th September 2023 The Department of Industrial Engineering at Stellenbosch University (SU) has joined forces with Rham Equipment to convert a Toyota Hiace Ses’fikele minibus taxi into a battery electric vehicle (EV). The university’s team, consisting largely of postgraduate students, is headed by Professor Thinus... 

Taxis critical to transport system, but rail has to be the backbone – Cape Town oil, gas sector

By: Irma Venter     8th September 2023 The recent minibus taxi strike in Cape Town cost the Western Cape economy an estimated R5-billion, while it also caused at least R18-million worth of damage in the city, according to provincial data. 

Cape Town to launch dispute on PRASA devolution, service standards

By: Irma Venter     7th September 2023 Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis says the city is briefing its lawyers to launch an intergovernmental dispute on passenger rail devolution and service standards.  Hill-Lewis says the city has been unable to form a joint devolution working committee with national government, as it attempts to... 

Image of a PRASA train

Five more Western Cape corridors targeted for recovery – PRASA 

By: Irma Venter     31st August 2023 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) says it has, to date, recovered eight lines in the Western Cape following the complete collapse of service during the Covid-19-pandemic. Six of the lines in the Western Cape are operating using the new blue electric motor units, otherwise known as... 

Image of PRASA's new blue trains
PRASA's new blue trains – Isitimela Sabantu

Draft Freight Logistics Roadmap promised by year-end 

By: Terence Creamer     28th August 2023 A new ‘Freight Logistics Roadmap’ is currently undergoing an internal government consultative process for publication before the end of the year, the latest Operation Vulindlela progress update confirms. “The roadmap will incorporate proposals to resolve the immediate operational challenges while... 

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