Cape Town City Council Proposes flexi Hours To Ease Traffic


To ease out stress posed by  road traffic, especially on the city’s major roads, Cape Town City Council proposes a flexi time for its workers

The city council which seems concerned over the welfare of workers in the city said the flexi time is part of its congestion management programme.

Not only that, the Cape Town City Council proposes staggered shifts and compromised work weeks for its employees to reduce traffic congestion into the city.

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Taking up this move, the council said it wants to the lead other employers in the city by introducing core working hours of 10am to 2pm for its more than 25 000 staff.

Brett Herron, Mayco member for transport said the council would also consider issuing a 20-year tender for a bike-sharing initiative located near other modes of transport such as railway stations, to promote intermodal transport while it takes further look at offering parking cash-outs to staff who opt for alternative modes of transport instead of parking their cars in the CBD.

He pointed out that the inflexible working practices adopted by companies and institutions that require employees to start and finish work between 8am and 5pm had contributed to the road congestion experienced on major roads across the country.

“Much of this peak period is driven by rigid working practices or policies of the majority of employers. These practices sometimes deter highly skilled and talented people from accepting formal employment at these organisations,” said the strategy document.

However, Herron said if the proposed strategy was adopted by the Cape Town City Council, the city would start to engage other employers about implementing flexitime working hours.

“Any changes in working conditions for city employees would have to be done in accordance with labour laws and follow due process,” he added.

“Residents and the private sector will have to assist us in creating more space on our roads through changing their behaviour and travel patterns.”

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He says the strategy is out for public comment and they will be engaging with employers and businesses within the city to comment.

“It is important that we all participate in this discussion around mobility. It is not something that government can fix on its own, we can only do so much… ” he said as he also encourages  companies to build offices in residential parts of the city to reduce the number of people traveling to the city centre for employment.