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Budget prioritises road maintenance, public transport, congestion relief to keep Cape Town moving<p>The City's Building for Jobs Budget 2024/25 was tabled at its Council meeting in March and is now available for public comment. </p><p>The Urban Mobility Directorate's operational budget for the next financial year alone, starting on 1 July 2024, is over R3,5 billion which includes R797 million for operating the MyCiTi bus service across Cape Town.</p><p>'One of the most important priorities, however, is our commitment to do regular and ongoing road maintenance. Cape Town's road network covers nearly 10 700 km, it is one of our biggest assets, and invaluable in terms of keeping Capetonians moving. We also know that road maintenance – among which the fixing of potholes and stormwater drains – are priorities for our residents. Thus, we have allocated R2,6 billion of the directorate's operational budget over the next three years, to road maintenance,' said the City's Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Mobility, Councillor Rob Quintas.</p><p><strong>The Urban Mobility Directorate's capital budget over the medium-term, starting on 1 July 2024 until 30 June 2027, amounts to nearly R8,9 billion, with some key priorities being:</strong></p><ul><li>R6,5 billion for the roll-out of the MyCiTi bus service to connect Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha with Wynberg and Claremont, including R438 million for the construction of new MyCiTi stops and stations; R386 million for the upgrading of public transport interchanges at Nolungile, Nyanga, Vuyani and Nonkqubela as part of the route roll-out; and R620 million for additional MyCiTi buses to operate the new bus routes</li><li>R121 million for the upgrading of the Bellville and Wynberg public transport interchanges</li><li>R130 million for formalising MyCiTi bus stops on existing routes and rebuilding damaged stations</li></ul><ul><li>R444 million for road projects to relieve traffic congestion at pressure points in Kuils River, Durbanville, Belhar, Salt River, along the M3, Maitland, along Kommetjie Main Road and Diep River</li></ul><ul><li>R385 million on universally accessible footways and cycle lanes in Mitchells Plain, Hanover Park, Kuils River, Khayelitsha, Gugulethu, and Heideveld, amongst others </li><li>R397 million for road rehabilitation or reconstruction, including the rehabilitation of roads in Bonteheuwel/Uitsig, Heideveld and the Southern Areas, the reconstruction of various sections of Jakes Gerwel Drive, and the reconstruction of Tafelberg Road</li><li>R115 million on the upgrading and rehabilitation of traffic signals across the city </li><li><strong>And, R2,6 billion from the directorate's operational budget over the next three years, for road maintenance</strong></li></ul><p> 'Mobility is our core business. Our expenditure priorities for the next three financial years demonstrate our intention to keep people, goods, and services on the move. This is why we are setting aside billions to create new infrastructure for those who rely on public transport; building new roads or widening the ones we have to address congestion; and adding new universally accessible footways and cycle lanes for those who cannot afford other means of transport. </p><p>'Residents must be able to get to work and school within the shortest possible time with transport that is reliable, safe, and affordable. I encourage residents to peruse the draft budget, and to submit comments by 30 April 2024, this is an opportunity to make your voice heard,' said Councillor Quintas.</p><p><strong>Comment on the Building for Jobs Budget 2024/25 by 30 April 2024. </strong></p><p><strong>To view the tabled budget, please visit: </strong><a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/budget" target="_blank"><strong>www.capetown.gov.za/budget</strong></a></p><p>View the subcouncil public meeting schedule (subject to updating where applicable) at: <a href="https://bit.ly/Budget2024_25Meetings" target="_blank">https://bit.ly/Budget2024_25Meetings</a></p><p><strong>Written comments</strong></p><p>By email: <a href="mailto:Budget.Comments@capetown.gov.za" target="_blank">Budget.Comments@capetown.gov.za</a></p><p><strong>Verbal inputs</strong></p><p>Phone: 0800 212 176</p><p>For assistance to comment in English, Afrikaans or isiXhosa, please phone 0800 212 176</p><p>Visit <a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/HaveYourSay" target="_blank">www.capetown.gov.za/HaveYourSay</a> for more information.</p><p> </p><p><strong>End</strong></p><p><br></p>2024-04-14T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#2c5c4982-1626-4fb5-aa05-1f80a586bb81;L0|#02c5c4982-1626-4fb5-aa05-1f80a586bb81|Public comment;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#ee8c145f-822f-4561-805b-12739b59ed9e;L0|#0ee8c145f-822f-4561-805b-12739b59ed9e|road management;GP0|#68c6f2c0-43e8-4b23-ac9b-11a813bbb8b1;L0|#068c6f2c0-43e8-4b23-ac9b-11a813bbb8b1|have your say10

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