Cape Town authorities have announced plans for a rechargeable smart card system for trains, buses and minibus taxis as part of preparations for the football World Cup in South Africa in 2010. Proposals also include closed circuit television cameras on buses and trains and information screens at transport hubs around the city.

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) has expressed scepticism about the project. As labour we welcome it, but [ticketing] is not the problem in transport, said COSATU regional secretary Tony Ehrenreich. There are no buses in new areas. Taxis are taking over and taxis ... are chaotic.

Thirteen companies have been invited to submit tenders for the project. If all goes to plan work should begin early next year.