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Aerial view of cars on parking lot. Photo: File.

Parking marshals expected to return to Cape Town before festive season

Parking marshals could hit Cape Town’s streets after a 14-month absence. The City said talks with contractors are progressing well.

cape town parking marshals

Aerial view of cars on parking lot. Photo: File.

The City of Cape Town said that parking marshals would return to streets in the central business district (CBD) and several suburbs by November 2021 if everything goes to plan. Drivers in the city have not had to pay for on-street parking since the last service provider’s contract expired in June 2020.


The City of Cape Town delegates the parking management operations to specialist contractors. It said that the private sector had little interest in responding to its request for quotes in March and May 2021 because of “the economic climate.”

“The lack of interest caused some delays,” said the City in a statement. “However, the Transport Directorate can report that the process is progressing well to procure a new kerbside parking management contract in the Cape Town CBD, Sea Point, Claremont, Newlands and Bellville.”

If the progress continues, the City expects to appoint the new contractor by the end of September and after an equipment procurement and training period, the contractor should be able to take charge of Cape Town’s parking bays in November, just before the festive season starts.

“I can assure residents and businesses that the Transport Directorate is doing all it can to ensure management commences as a matter of urgency,” said MayCo Member for Transport, Councillor Rob Quintas.

“We are well aware that clients need parking bays to visit businesses in these areas. Still, the City needs to follow due process in the awarding of contracts and this takes time.”