Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille on Sunday announced the roll out of the city’s new electric MyCiTi buses, continuing the DA’s move towards a more energy efficient city.
“Apart from lowering our carbon emissions, local residents will also benefit from this contract through job opportunities,” De Lille said, adding that 10 vehicles had been tendered for so far.
As part of the tendering process, a portion of the buses’ main bodies have to be manufactured locally and the vehicles have to be assembled here too.
“The contractor will be employing local staff and will have to source some of the bus components from local suppliers.
“This would be the first time that electric buses are manufactured and assembled in Cape Town,” the mayor said.
June 2017 will see the first of the buses take to the road.