De Lille celebrates women in transport sector

Mayor Patricia de Lille marks Transport Month with female MyCiTi staff. Picture: City of Cape Town
To mark Transport Month, Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille met female MyCiTi bus drivers, mechanics, regulators and dispatchers at the Tollgate Depot in Woodstock.

The outgoing mayor spent time with the women learning more about the work they do on a daily basis.

Currently, MyCiTi has 52 female bus drivers working on its routes across the city, 12 female dispatch operators at its depots as well as two female technicians.

Ms De Lille says a lot of work is being done to encourage women to take up careers in the so-called male-dominated industry.

The current intake ratio of one of the MyCiTi bus operating companies, Table Bay Rapid Transit (TBRT), for its learnership programme is nine to one, meaning they recruit nine female drivers for every male driver enrolled.