Myciti strike

The DA are making bus rides free for unemployed Cape Town citizens

The party will subsidise MyCiti transport with a R6.6 million investment

Myciti strike

As unemployment levels soar towards 30%, the DA has rolled out an initiative that may just tear down a barrier or two for those desperately seeking work.

They have made a provision of R6.6m to subsidise rides on the MyCiti bus network specifically for job seekers. The DA believes this will be a huge step forward in terms of providing the access to employment opportunities.

Cape Town’s Executive Mayor Patricia De Lille believes that this will be a massive help to those hunting for jobs:

“Many people are giving up looking for work because travel costs are a barrier. We want to implement this initiative to take away that obstacle of travel costs which sometimes prevents people from being able to access job opportunities.”

How many people are unemployed in South Africa?

Recent figures show that 9.3 million South Africans are currently out of work. Official information released earlier in the year show that unemployment officially accounts for 27.7% of the population: The worst number for 14 years.

How can Cape Town residents apply for free bus travel?

. Visit the local council office and register on the City’s job seeker database.

. Once registered, you will be given a myconnect card.

. The card will allow you to travel between 10:00 – 15:30 without being charged for the trips.

Read: More than 27% of South Africans are now unemployed

The DA and the city feel that this is an initiative that will promote local economic growth. It’s one less obstacle on an uphill struggle for genuine job seekers, and once registered at the council office, free travel will relieve a small part of the financial pressure.