As recession bites, residents ask MyCiti for student discounts

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.

To hear more of this interview, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : As recession bites, residents ask MyCiti for student discounts


702 welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the 702 community a safe and welcoming space for all.

702 reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

702 is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
Joe Slovo unrest propelled by unknown group, 'not a service delivery protest'

Joe Slovo unrest propelled by unknown group, 'not a service delivery protest'

Mini Mayor Suzette Little says the community leaders have distanced themselves from the unknown group that is damaging property.

MyCiTi routes are operational says City after bus torched in Joe Slovo

MyCiTi routes are operational says City after bus torched in Joe Slovo

Mayco's Brett Heron says one bus was torched completely and three others attacked but routes are operating with some deviations.

High-floor MyCiti buses exclude wheelchair-bound

High-floor MyCiti buses exclude wheelchair-bound

Cape Town City Mayco member Brett heron responds to a complaint of insensitive and rude treatment from a driver.

Satawu back in talks with bus companies

Satawu back in talks with bus companies

Thousands of bus drivers have downed tools as part of a national strike.

Unions called back to negotiate with bus companies amid nationwide strike

Unions called back to negotiate with bus companies amid nationwide strike

Trade unions representing striking bus drivers were called back to the negotiating table and this may put the deadlock to an end.

Bus drivers demand 12% increase across board

Bus drivers demand 12% increase across board

On top of the 12% demand, Satawu is demanding that long distance buses should have two drivers and their allowance increased.

Numsa: Bus companies must urgently address pay and poor working conditions

Numsa: Bus companies must urgently address pay and poor working conditions

If Wednesday's strike goes ahead it will affect Putco, Golden Arrow, Mega Bus, Autopax, MyCiti and Rea Vaya buses among others.

Nationwide bus strike kicks into gear on Wednesday

Nationwide bus strike kicks into gear on Wednesday

The indefinite bus strike across SA affects services including MyCiti, Golden Arrow, Autopax, Greyhound, Putco, Reavaya, and more.

#FeesMustFall protesters should account for damage

#FeesMustFall protesters should account for damage

Several private vehicles, Golden Arrow buses, Metro police vehicles as well as a number of buildings were damaged by protesters.

Popular articles
Dr Mbuyiseni Ndlozi opens up about his thesis

Dr Mbuyiseni Ndlozi opens up about his thesis

Ndlozi explains the significance of the the first chapter of his thesis: 'Trauma in the archives'.

German prosecutors probing Steinhoff CEO Markus Jooste (for accounting fraud)

German prosecutors probing Steinhoff CEO Markus Jooste (for accounting fraud)

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Steinhoff International Chairperson Christo Wiese.

Happy 50th birthday, Pick n Pay (congrats on growing your bottom line by 18%)!

Happy 50th birthday, Pick n Pay (congrats on growing your bottom line by 18%)!

50 years ago the retailer started out when Raymond Ackerman bought three tiny stores from Click founder Jack Goldin.

Is it normal to have a curved penis? Dr Shingai explains

Is it normal to have a curved penis? Dr Shingai explains

Urologist Dr Shingai Mutambirwa says penile curvature is only a concern if it impedes a man's ability to have penetrative sex.

Who is Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi?

Who is Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi?

The EFF lawyer stole the show during the state capture report court battle.

Meet Shoprite’s Christo Wiese, ruler of retail (and 3rd richest African)

Meet Shoprite’s Christo Wiese, ruler of retail (and 3rd richest African)

Bruce Whitfield interviews the remarkable Wiese (net worth R100 billion!) about how it all began and where it’s going.

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

WIN R2000! But only if you can prove you're a whiz of the MTN Biz Quiz by answering the following three questions...

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Is social trend Blesserfinder, where girls are allegedly matching up with rich 'benefactors' in exchange for sex, a real thing?