Cosatu demands improvements on public transport services in Cape Town

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) in the Western Cape will be embarking on a protest march requesting the City of Cape Town to improve its public transport urgently.

Cosatu argues that bus and train services are not efficient, therefore impacting negatively on workers' daily lives.

CapeTalk's Africa Melane spoke to Tony Ehrenreich, Cosatu Western Cape Regional Secretary about the intentions of the march.

Ehrenreich says they've been negotiating with the Provincial government as well as the City of Cape Town for months on improving public transport service, but still nothing has been done so far.

He says the march aims to put more pressure on authorities to improve the services quickly.

  • They want the trains to be more safer and reliable
  • To have Myciti buses operating in the cape flats and townships urgently

We want some of the buses to be moved into those areas, so that workers could have effective public transport options

Tony Ehrenreich, Cosatu Western Cape Regional Secretary

Ehrenreich says that promises have been made in the past but there has still been no delivery, while affluent areas keep benefiting and people in poorer areas keep suffering.

The protest is aimed at showing the City and Provincial government that these are urgent issues. This not only affects the income of the workers, but also the very livelihood and the safety and security, and it needs to be looked at very urgently ...

Tony Ehrenreich, Cosatu Western Cape Regional Secretary

Cosatu will be planning additional marches if they receive no positive response on this issues, says Ehrenreich.

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