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The Minibus Taxi and Bus Services Industry in South Africa 2016

  • December 2016
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  • 161 pages

The Minibus Taxi and Bus Services Industry : Statistics indicate that between 70% and 80 % of South Africa’s population is totally dependent on public transport for its mobility needs and the most popular choice, the minibus taxi, has an annual turnover of between R60bn and R90bn. Taxi association SANTACO estimates that within this informal, unregulated sector there are 150,000 minibus taxi owners, 300,000 drivers, 100,000 rank marshals, 100,000 car washers and 150,000 informal traders at taxi ranks. In the bus services industry 19,000 buses provide 912 million passenger trips per annum while travelling an estimated 1.4 billion kilometres. This section of the industry provides direct employment to about 34,200 people throughout the country.


A Changing Sector: By 2050 eight out of ten people in South Africa will live in an urban area and in order to meet the mobility demands of this rapidly increasing urban population, the Minister of Transport emphasises the need to promote and implement integrated public transport systems especially through road-based transport services. The Department of Transport’s Public Transport Turnaround Plan promotes the incorporation of SMMEs into the formal public transport system and aims to bring together the currently competing public transport modes to form an integrated sustainable system that will provide the commuter with a seamless travel experience.

Advances in technology and ‘Big Data’ in particular are expected to positively impact the sector and improve transport operations, easing the transit flows for millions of daily commuters. In the minibus taxi sub-sector SANTACO will introduce a new cashless smart card payment system known as FairPay to the Johannesburg, Pretoria and Mabopane routes in 2017. This initiative forms part of SANTACO’s TR3 2020 Strategy which aims to redefine, restructure and reposition the taxi industry through the implementation of initiatives to create a professional, integrated and service-orientated public transport system.


Report Coverage: The detailed report on the Minibus Taxi and Bus Services Industry discusses current conditions, new developments, challenges faced and factors influencing the success of both sectors. The report profiles 41 companies in the bus and coach sector, including PUTCO (Pty) Ltd which has a fleet of 1,800 buses, and Golden Arrow Bus Services (Pty) Ltd, which is the official Vehicle Operating Company for the City of Cape Town’s MyCiTi BRT service.

Table Of Contents

The Minibus Taxi and Bus Services Industry in South Africa 2016
1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
2.1. Industry Value Chain 2
2.2. Geographic Position 3
3. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 3
4. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 12
4.1. Local 12
4.1.1. Corporate Actions 19
4.1.2. Regulations 19
4.1.3. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 24
4.2. Continental 27
4.3. International 31
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 34
5.1. Government Initiatives 34
5.2. Economic Environment 37
5.3. Rising Operating Costs 39
5.4. Labour 40
5.5. Taxi Violence and Intimidation 44
5.6. Road Safety and Vehicle Roadworthiness 46
5.7. Technology, Research and Development (RandD) and Innovation 47
5.8. Environmental Issues 50
5.9. Cyclicality 51
5.10. Electricity Supply Constraints 52
6. COMPETITION 52
6.1. Barriers to Entry 54
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 55
8. OUTLOOK 56
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 57
10. REFERENCES 58
10.1. Publications 58
10.2. Websites 60
APPENDIX 1 62
Annual Performance Plan for the Department of Transport 2015/16 62
APPENDIX 2 65
EASI Conceptual Framework 65
COMPANY PROFILES 67
AFRICA'S BEST 350 (PTY) LTD 67
ALGOA BUS COMPANY (PTY) LTD 69
AMAROSA TRADING (PTY) LTD 71
ARROW COACHES CC 73
ATAMELANG BUS TRANSPORT (PTY) LTD 75
AUTOPAX PASSENGER SERVICES SOC LTD 77
BRAKPAN BUS COMPANY SOC LTD 79
BUSCOR (PTY) LTD 81
BUTHOTIS TRADING (PTY) LTD 84
CITY OF TSHWANE METROPOLITAN MUNICIPALITY (THE) 86
COMBINED TRANSPORT SERVICES (PTY) LTD 89
CREAM MAGENTA 326 (PTY) LTD 91
CULLINAN HOLDINGS LTD 93
DUZI BUS SERVICE (PTY) LTD 97
ELWIERDA (STELLENBOSCH) (PTY) LTD 99
EMONDHLO BUS SERVICE (PTY) LTD 101
GAUTENG COACHES (PTY) LTD 103
GOLDEN ARROW BUS SERVICES (PTY) LTD 105
GREAT NORTH TRANSPORT (SOC) LTD 108
IKHWEZI BUS SERVICE (PTY) LTD 111
INTERCAPE FERREIRA MAINLINER (PTY) LTD 113
ITUMELE BUS LINES (PTY) LTD 116
JOHANNESBURG METROPOLITAN BUS SERVICES SOC LTD 118
KZN BUS SERVICES (PTY) LTD 120
KZT BUS SERVICES (PTY) LTD 122
KZT COUNTRY CRUISER (PTY) LTD 124
MAYIBUYE TRANSPORT CORPORATION 126
METRO BUS SERVICE (PTY) LTD 128
MIDBANK BUS SERVICE (PTY) LTD 130
NORTHWEST STAR SOC LTD 132
PHOLA COACHES (PTY) LTD 134
PHUMATRA TRANSPORT ENTERPRISE CC 136
PIOTRANS (PTY) LTD 138
PUTCO (PTY) LTD 140
SCOPEFULL 21 (PTY) LTD 143
SIBANYE BUS SERVICES (PTY) LTD 145
SOUTH COAST BUS SERVICE (PTY) LTD 147
STABUS TOURS (PTY) LTD 149
TANSNAT COACHLINES (PTY) LTD 151
THEMBALETHU BUS SERVICES (PTY) LTD 153
UNITRANS PASSENGER (PTY) LTD 155

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