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The City of Cape Town is offering registered jobseekers a free myconnect card and two free journeys on the MyCiTi bus every week to support them in their efforts to find employment.
Unemployed members of the community qualify if they are registered on the City of Cape Town’s Expanded Public Works Programme jobseekers’ database, and were registered by 1 October 2017.
The concession applies to jobseekers registered at Subcouncils 1, 3, 5, 9, 10, 12, 15, 16, 23 or 24. These are Subcouncils which fall into the MyCiTi footprint.
Jobseekers who qualify will receive a free myconnect card, worth R35, loaded with a special travel package. This will allow two free one-way journeys every week on any MyCiTi routes. This includes changing from one bus or route to another to reach a destination.
Travel can take place on any weekday starting between 09:00 and 10:00 or between 14:00 and 15:00. Recipients of the concession must get to know the MyCiTi system so that they do not get penalties on their free card in error.
There will be 100 000 cards available between Tuesday, 31 October 2017 and Monday, 20 November 2017, or until all the cards have been given out.
Applicants must apply at the Subcouncil office where they registered on the jobseekers’ database by presenting their ID and completing an application form.
For many job seekers the cost of transport can be a major barrier to finding employment. “We want to implement this initiative to take away that obstacle of travel costs, which can prevent people’s access to job opportunities,” says Executive Mayor of Cape Town Patricia de Lille.
“Economic growth, coupled with job creation, is vital for building sustainable cities. As much as it is our responsibility to ensure that we create an enabling environment that attracts investment and skills, we also want to broaden access to these opportunities to those residents who are currently excluded from the labour market but who are desperate to earn a decent living,” says Councillor Brett Herron, Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development.
Jobseekers registered at these Subcouncils qualify for the job seekers concession
|1||Cnr Grosvenor Avenue and Hermes Avenue, Saxonsea, Atlantis, 7349|
|3||Municipal Offices, Voortrekker Road, Goodwood, 7460|
|5||Municipal Offices, Cnr Jakkelsvlei Avenue and Kiaat Road, Bonteheuwel, 7764|
|9||Site B, Khayelitsha Shopping Centre, Khayelitsha, 7784|
|10||Khayelitsha Training Centre, Cnr Lwandle and Phendula Crescent, Khayelitsha, 7784|
|12||Lentegeur Administrative Building, Cnr Melkbos and Merrydale Roads, Lentegeur, 7798|
|15||Pinelands Training Centre, St Stephens Road, Central Square, Pinelands, 7405|
|16||11th Floor, 44 Wale Street, Cape Town, 8000|
|23||Lentegeur Administrative Building, Cnr Melkbos and Merrydale Roads, Lentegeur, 7798|
|24||Kuyasa Library, Walter Sisulu Road, Khayelitsha, 7784|
For help, call the Transport Information Centre on 0800 65 64 63, available 24/7 in English, Afrikaans and isiXhosa.