ALERT: Taxi strike stranding commuters in Cape Town

2017-09-18 08:32 - Gabi Zietsman
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Cape Town - A taxi strike over leadership and impounded taxis has stranded commuters in Cape Town with Golden Arrow busses stoned and long lines for MyCiti Bus.

Taxi drivers in Western Cape started circulating a pamphlet on Sunday, 17 September to inform commuters that no taxis will be operating on Monday, ahead of their meeting with Transport MEC Donald Grant. 

Depending on the outcome of the meeting with the MEC at 09:00, taxi drivers plan to return to the roads at 12:00.

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Commuters have turned to Golden Arrow busses and MyCiti routes as alternative arrangements, but queues have delayed busses as well as aggression towards Golden Arrow has resulted in a bus torched in Delft this morning.

MyCiti routes that have been affected include D01, T01 and T04. These routes have been diverted and will skip stops at Dibana, Tutu, Circle East, Potsdam, Killarney, Dunoon and Usasaza.

Although MyCiti announced that all routes are still operational, many commuters have Tweeted that buses are not arriving at all and one bus has dropped off commuters back at their stops.

Metrorail will also have long delays, up to hour long delays for the Khayelitsha and Kapteinsklip lines, as well as half hour delays on the Bellville line.

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Roads around Dunoon are closed and people are urged to take alternative routes as well as avoid Delft, where buses are having difficulty driving through the area. 

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