Consolidated feedback on public transport operations on 29 July 2021

29 July 2021
Department of Transport and Public Works

Media Release by Daylin Mitchell, Western Cape Minister of Transport and Public Works

Today we have seen a limited service of CODETA affiliated taxis operating in a few areas where they have previously not been in operation over the last week. This decision must be commended, and we hope to see more taxi services return.

My Department is also today presenting to the Standing Committee on Transport and Public Works on developments in relation to the disruption and violence linked to the activities of minibus taxis as a crucial part of the public transport system in the Western Cape.

This has been an intensely difficult period for many communities in the greater Cape Town region, impacting on the livelihoods of our especially poorer residents. That is why it has been my top priority to resolve the dispute in a lasting way, and why I have taken a number of steps in line with the powers vested in me as a Provincial Minister.

Throughout this period of disruption, my Department and I have focused on trying to resolve the various points of contestation while enforcing the rule of law and trying to keep commuters safe. As you will know, I have had to use a number of approaches to achieve these goals – the most recent being the closing of a commuter route and the ranks associated with it.

In line with my commitment to be open and transparent with our residents at all times, the below is a situational report on public transport operations in the greater Cape Town region. Where an area is not specifically mentioned, no specific issues were raised and operations seem to be running. Where an area is specifically mentioned and it is stated that services are running, it means that the area has been flagged as an area where disruptions are possible.

Please note that this situational report is based on current information, is valid only at the time of publishing, and is subject to change at any time.

Please note that this situational report is based on current information, is valid only at the time of publishing, and is subject to change at any time.

  • B97 MBT Route (Mbekweni to Bellville)
    • No MBT services.
    • Additional bus service functioning.
  • Local routes in Paarl are running.
    • Limited MBT services from Khayelitsha, Nyanga and Langa leading to limited services at the Bellville PTI. MBT services not affiliated to CATA and CODETA are operating.
  • Delft:
    • CODETA affiliated MBT services in operation
  • Bellville PTI:
    • Golden Arrow Bus Services are operating.
    • No CATA- and limited CODETA-affiliated MBT services are running. Not loading from the PTI.
    • CODETA Mfuleni Route dropping commuters off at Robert Sobukwe
  • Wynberg PTI:
    • No CATA- or CODETA-affiliated MBT services are visible. Non-CATA and CODETA affiliated MBTs in operation
    • Bus services are operating.
  • Mitchell’s Plain PTI:
    • Bus services are operating.
    • No CATA- or CODETA-affiliated MBT services in operation
    • Other MBT services in operation
  • Cape Town Station deck:
    • Steady flow of MBT services.
    • Limited to no CATA and limited CODETA MBT services are running.
  • Nyanga Central PTI and bus terminus as well as Gugulethu:
    • Bus services running. Passengers embark and disembark at Nyanga South African Police Service (SAPS) station.
    • Very limited MBT services in operation. No CATA affiliated MBT services in operation
  • Mowbray and Claremont:
    • Limited MBT services in operation.
    • Buses are operating.
  • Vrygrond PTI
    • CODETA-affiliated MBT services are operating.

Other modes of public transport are operating as well as minibus taxis not affiliated to CATA or CODETA. It is important to note that, while operations at PTIs may be reduced, services along the routes continue to operate.

Media Queries:
Ntomboxolo Makoba-Somdaka
Spokesperson for Minister Daylin Mitchell
Cell: 082 953 0026