Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula says the Drivers Licence Card Machine has been fixed and is in operation. In a tweet, he added that staff are working day and night to ensure the backlog in the issuing of drivers licences has been cleared.
Earlier this month it was reported that the machine was taken to Germany for repairs and that the country only had one driver’s licence printer to ensure corruption was prevented.
Previously, Mbalula indicated that the machine would be repaired by the end of March 2022. The Driving Licence Card Account (DLCA) is responsible for the production of the card licences. The machine reportedly broke down in November 2021, and it was estimated that more than half a million South Africans were then forced to get a temporary drivers licence.
Good morning SA, yesterday I visited the Staff at the DLCA and spent the afternoon with them.
The Licensing Card Machine has been fixed and is in operation. The Staff is pulling Day and Night shift to ensure your License are made and delivered. https://t.co/k2xuXNMkM1 pic.twitter.com/x3XjYpkx6O
— FIKILE MBALULA | MR FIX (@MbalulaFikile) January 26, 2022
The penalty for driving with an expired licence was waived since the machine broke down and it was explained that there is only one machine in the country to prevent corruption and licence fraud
At the same Mbalula said that there are plans to replace the one machine with several others that have upgraded security features that will prevent fraudulent duplications of drivers licences.
The City of Cape Town has confirmed that MyCiTi buses will return to Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha next month. More than 6 000 commuters from Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha will benefit from the N2 Express service – it was suspended on 31 May 2019.
At its last meeting for the year in 2021, the City Council unanimously approved the Transport Directorate’s request to grant the N2 Company the right to use and manage the 34 City-owned buses to provide the N2 Express service.
Mayor, Geordin Hill-Lewis said: “This is very important progress, and great for the city. We look forward to seeing the N2 Express service up and running as soon as possible. Capetonians urgently need safe, affordable and reliable public transport. With the return of the N2 Express service thousands of commuters from Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha will be able to board the blue MyCiTi buses to the Cape Town CBD. I want to thank the N2 Company, our partners who will be operating the service. Thank you for your commitment to return the service to commuters from the metro-south east. I also want to commend the City officials for their dedication and hard work leading up to the signing of the contract.”
The City of Cape Town also confirmed that it will be assessing the bus shelters along the four routes in Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha for urgent maintenance and repairs. Many of the shelters have been vandalised or stripped by thieves during the time that the service was suspended.
Once operational, the N2 Express service will again operate along four MyCiTi routes in Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha:
• D01 between Khayelitsha East and the Civic Centre
• D02 between Khayelitsha West and the Civic Centre
• D03 between Mitchells Plain East and the Civic Centre; and
• D04 between Kapteinsklip, the Mitchells Plain Town Centre and the Civic Centre
The buses will travel to the Civic Centre station in the Cape Town CBD via the N2 freeway.