Metrorail disruptions costs Cape businesses millions

The Cape Chamber of Commerce conducted a three-day survey to determine how the daily train disruption were impacting production, business and employment within the City of Cape Town.

President at Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Janine Myburgh says they were expecting negative results but the situation has proven to be much worse that they expected.

Speaking to 295 respondents, the Cape Chamber of Commerce found that 86.27% of businesses believed Metrorail’s operations threatened the sustainability of their operations.

She says about 94% of the people who completed the survey said the mental health and the morale of their staff was affected negatively due to Metrorail inefficiency.

It is a challenge for business and employers if people don't get to work and they don't know when they will get to work or if they will get to work. When they do get to work it is a stressful situation because of the way they had to travel via Metrorail.

Janine Myburgh, President of Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Myburgh says the Metrorail situation doesn't only affect workers but students as well. She says some students have been missing classes and important exams due to late trains.

The impact on the economy is also felt by businesses and employees together.

It is a challenge that's affecting people all around and its been left unattended.

Janine Myburgh, President of Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry

People were not paid what they are suppose to get paid because they weren't at work. It impact on society and our economy as a whole.

Janine Myburgh, President of Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry

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