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Job seekers in Cape Town will soon be able to ride on the city's MyCiTi bus routes for free! This according to a statement from the City's Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron, released on 23 October 2017.

Job seekers will soon ride free

This initiative has been months in the making, with the City having issued a statement earlier in the year that, yes, job seekers in Cape Town would be able to ride free on the bus service.

In his statement, Herron said that, while it is the City's responsibility to create an environment to attract skills and investors, they are also committed to broadening access to job opportunities so as to include those who are currently "excluded from the labour market but...are desperate to earn a decent living."

"...we also want to broaden access to these opportunities..."

One of the greatest obstacles to job seekers is being able to travel to interviews or to apply to jobs, something that is often so expensive that many simply give up. This initiative is intended to combat this.

Beginning on 31 October 2017, registered job seekers in Cape Town will be able to ride free on the MyCiTi bus service. Herron, in his statement, said:

"the City will be offering registered job seekers free MyCiTi bus rides to support them in their efforts to find employment."

and lauded this as an opportunity for job seekers to carve a way out of poverty.

"carving a way out of poverty"

The City will be offering job seekers a free MyConnect card, as well as 2 free journeys on the MyCiTi buses every week.

The card will be loaded with a special travel package, allowing the holder two free one-way journeys on any route in a week. This includes changing buses or routes.

In order for the free package to apply, the journey must begin on weekdays between:

  • 09:00 - 10:00
  • 14:00 - 15:00

According to Herron's statement, there will be 100 000 cards available between 31 October and 20 November 2017 but they may run out sooner.

Unemployed residents will already qualify for the MyConnect card if they are registered on the City’s Expanded Public Works Programme job seekers' database. This applies to those who are registered at Subcouncils 1, 3, 9, 10, 12, 15, 16, 23 or 24.

Applicants will need to apply at the subcouncil office where they are registered on the database by presenting their ID book and filling out an application form.

Herron went on to urge companies to schedule interviews in the late morning, midday or early afternoon to allow job seekers to make use of this system.

Job seekers needing more information or assistance can call the Transport Information Centre (TIC) on 0800 65 64 63. The TIC is available 24/7 and agents can assist callers in English, Afrikaans and isiXhosa.

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