With South Africa's sovereign credit rating now at junk status and a recession in full swing, most people are starting to feel the pressure.
CapeTalk listeners asked the City of Cape Town to consider giving students, who make use of the MyCiti buses on a daily basis, a discount.
Mayco member for Transport Brett Herron says when the MyCiti project started, they didn't want to categorise commuters because it is difficult to manage.
It is difficult to manage and enforce fare evasion... The card is anonymous, so we wouldn't know if a person bought five scholar cards and used them for themselves.— Brett Herron, Mayco member for Transport
He says commuters currently get discounts if they travel during off-peak hours.
The city is also working on a concession for people who are registered as job seekers or who are unemployed, to give them an opportunity to look for jobs in town.
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