The City of Cape Town wants unemployed people to be able to drive – and is planning to start a programme to provide free driver’s licence training to the unemployed.
This followed a request from the council’s safety and security portfolio committee that sub-councils pay for unemployed residents to take learner’s and driver’s licence lessons and testing.
Should the council approve the move, the city’s department of social development would appoint a driving school to provide the training and testing of beneficiaries.
The city’s traffic services department would make dates available for learners’ and drivers’ test bookings. The cost of the bookings would be paid by the driving school, which will bill the city for services rendered.
Keith Miller, the city’s sub-councils and ward committees manager, said Sub-council 24 had allocated R150 000 per ward for wards 95, 96, 97 and 98 in the Khayelitsha area.
“As far as can be determined, none of the other subcouncils have allocated funding for this purpose yet,” said Miller.