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.