Santaco wary of MyCiTi service

Taxi owners have expressed deep reservations about the MyCiTi N2 express routes.

The modern MyCiTi bus to serve new routes was launched in Cape Town on 4 March 2013. Picture: Graeme Raubenheimer/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) on Wednesday said it is negotiating with the City of Cape Town to address issues regarding the implementation of the MyCiTi N2 express routes.

The service will link Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain with the city centre.

The project will be rolled out later this year.

Taxi drivers say they concerned they will lose business.

Santaco's Vernon Billet said the city offered some members R10,000 as compensation for their operating licences.

"We need to talk about these things so that we understand one another going forward."

Billet says they are hoping to settle the matter soon.

"We hope it will result in a memorandum of agreement which will set out the rules to ensure that all our members receive the same compensation."

The project reportedly cost over R300 million to implement.