MyCiTi electric buses to create jobs, help reduce carbon footprint

Ten electric-powered buses will be added to the MyCiTi bus fleet by June next year.

Picture: Masa Kekana/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Ten electric-powered buses will be added to the MyCiTi bus fleet by June next year.

The City of Cape Town has awarded a R126 million tender to BYD SA Company for the provision of the buses that will be assembled locally.

The announcement came in the run-up to the International Day of Climate Action being celebrated today.

The City of Cape Town says the addition of 10 new electric-powered buses will not only reduce its carbon footprint, but will also create local jobs.

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille's spokesperson Zara Nicholson says the rollout of electric buses is in line with the City's commitments made at COP21 to reduce its carbon emissions.

"We are expanding the MyCiti bus network across the city and we also have the responsibility to protect the environment."

BYD SA Company will also provide charging stations, technical support and training for bus drivers.

The City says this project is also in line with its goals to expand public transport infrastructure, in a bid to reduce the number of vehicles on local roads.