MyCiti depot building starts

The preparatory work for the construction of two MyCiTi bus depots in Mitchell’s Plain and Khayelitsha has commenced.

These depots form part of the roll-out of Phase 2A of the MyCiTi bus service which will serve 1.4 million commuters from the Metro South-east.

The site for the two new bus depots is approximately 15ha and is located on the corner of Mew Way and Spine Road, bordering both Mitchell’s Plain and Khayelitsha.

The purpose of the enabling works – among which major internal earthworks, perimeter fencing to secure the site, bulk services for the provision of water, sanitation, and electricity, as well as the upgrade of surrounding roads – is to prepare the site for the construction of the MyCiTi bus depots from where the vehicle operating companies will operate the service.

“The enabling works contract is valued at approximately R73m.

“We are currently busy with the design of the depot facilities which will consist of storage, parking, and fuelling facilities for the buses; office buildings, facilities for the personnel, and so forth,” says Mayco member for transport and urban development, Brett Herron.

The local community from Mitchell’s Plain and Khayelitsha will benefit immensely from this investment, Herron says.

“Apart from the job opportunities and business opportunities to local residents and subcontractors, the roll-out of Phase 2A of the MyCiTi service will provide commuters from the area with an affordable, decent, and scheduled public transport service to Wynberg and Claremont,’ Herron says.

“In terms of this contract for the enabling works for the construction of two new MyCiTi depots at this site, the contractor is obliged to provide temporary employment opportunities to local residents to the value of 3% of the contract – thus, approximately R2.1m.”

In the meantime, the City of Cape Town’s Transport and Urban Development Authority is commencing with the development of a Breaking New Ground (BNG) State-subsidised housing project in the vicinity of Lookout Hill. The contractor is obliged to subcontract services and goods from local business.