N2 Express service may resume in September

South Africa - Cape Town - 03 June 2019 - Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain are not getting the bus service from MyCiti bus service. This was caused by the contractual problems between the City of Cape Town and SANTACO. Photograph: Phando Jikelo/African News Agency(ANA)
The City of Cape Town says plans are underway to reinstate the N2 Express service next month.

The service was suspended on Friday May 31 over a contractual dispute between the City and the operator.

All the parties involved have since been meeting to find a solution to the impasse.

Mayoral committee member for transport, Felicity Purchase, said: “Unfortunately, the engagements have not yielded a positive outcome as yet. One of the shareholders, namely the Congress of Democratic Taxi Associations (CODETA), has also failed to attend some of the scheduled meetings aimed at resolving the matters at hand.”

Thousands of commuters from Mitchell’s Plain and Khayelitsha have been forced to find alternative transportation.

Ms Purchase added: “We have sent a letter to the three shareholders, namely Codeta, Route 6 Taxi Association, and the Golden Arrow Bus Service, indicating that the buses must be back on the road by Saturday September 28.”

Ms Purchase said the City was committed to concluding a new agreement with the N2 Express Company, but they would pursue alternative options for the reinstatement of the service, should the operator fail to meet the set deadline.