Apartheid ended in 1994 but Cape Town, South Africa is still segregated. Many beaches in the ‘Mother City’ remain predominately white and it’s the only province of South Africa not run by the African National Congress.

Most Cape Town Blacks live in shacks outside of the city – the so-called Cape Town flats. If you’re poor, owning a car is more of a dream so it takes many residents hours to get to work.

Recently, the city opened the My Citi bus system, is the first public transport system in Cape Town. Though few and far between, the My-Citi buses have Google maps integration and defined stops. The buses have attracted a mix of people, from rich to poor, helping to build a less segregated city.

Cape Town city officials have been working on the first phase of an Integrated Rapid Transit system since 2007. It began with transport during the 2010 FIFA World Cup during special city engagements.

Routes to popular tourist sites were the main priority in 2013, along with the areas of Oranjezicht, Tamboerskloof and the Atlantic Seaboard suburbs including Sea Point, Camps Bay, and Hout Bay.

While there aren’t enough buses serving the areas in need, My Citi hopes to continue providing the system for the residents and visitors, who are able to view the city’s offerings much easier than before.

According to the transport company’s website, full integration into Cape Town society will take between 15-20 years to complete.

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3 thoughts on “Little Known Black History Fact: Cape Town Transport

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  2. equalityforall on said:

    Before you you write a piece on a city, be sure to do some actual research. Cape town has in fact the best public transport system in the country, and has since before 1994. The African national congress party is not in governance in cape town, but the democratic alliance is, and it is made up of members of all races. Cape town is a very multicultural city, more so than other cities in south Africa, and even the world. The myciti system was built by corporations and government alike, but has done much less to help society connect to their places of work than previous companies have. Many can’t afford to use the service as it is more expensive than existing rail and bus options. It has also put many “taxi” drivers out of business and left families without much needed income. The cape flats you refer to are actually close to the cbd, and border on the centre of the city. The townships are all over, from the airport right into the richer areas of houtbay and blouberg. I hope this clears up some of your misinformed opinions.

  3. While Cape Town is still not a fully integrated city and people of colour still live in poorer areas, you are incorrect about the MyCity bus being the first public transport. There are others that have been around for many years. A bus system as well as a train service. MyCity is simply the latest, newest, and aims to cover the entire metropole of the Cape. What you should’ve perhaps concentrated on is to ask why it was rolled out in the upmarket areas and not where it is most desperately needed.

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