CT taxi drivers to train as bus drivers

The Golden Arrow Bus Service learning and assessment centre will facilitate with the training.

The city says this plan is to ensure the project does not adversely affect employees of the minibus taxi industry. Picture: Graeme Raubenheimer/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Around 100 taxi drivers from Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain will receive training to operate buses on the MyCiti N2 Express service.

The long-awaited service is expected to be rolled out in the communities in July.

The City of Cape Town says this plan is to ensure the project does not adversely affect employees of the minibus taxi industry.

The Golden Arrow Bus Service learning and assessment centre will facilitate with the training.

Under the programme, taxi drivers will upgrade their licences from code eight to code 11.

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille visited a bus station construction site in Khayelitsha on Wednesday morning.

"We are applying the same standards, the same building materials, everything. All stations of the MyCiti bus will be the same. We've made use of local labour and local contractors to do the construction for us."

Taxi violence has made headlines in the Western Cape recently.

Vrygrond, Lotus River and Capricorn Park have been the areas hardest hit.

The ongoing feud is centred around the control of taxi routes.

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