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The Minibus Taxi, Bus Services and Metered Taxi Industry in South Africa

Yasmin Mahomedy | South Africa | 18 May 2018

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The Minibus Taxi, Bus Services & Metered Taxi Industry

The commuter transport industry is integral to the existence, survival and growth of the South African economy as it transports people to and from work. The focus of this report is the land transport sector which includes buses, coaches, minibus taxis and metered taxis. It is a sector that is beset by problems that include unreliable services, vandalism, taxi violence and strikes. According to the Southern African Bus Operators' Association (SABOA), public bus transport has suffered major underinvestment which has driven down the quality and effectiveness of services. Meanwhile the bus rapid transit (BRT) system which has been the recipient of billions of Rands, is underused and the R15bn Gauteng BRT has been described as a failure.

Continuing importance of the minibus taxi sector

Although informal and largely unregulated, minibus taxis remain the most readily available and affordable mode of transport for the majority of South Africa's commuters. They are the primary travel mode for 69% of households and generate an estimated R120bn in fares annually. According to the South African National Taxi Council (SANTACO), the taxi industry employs more than 600,000 people and transports 15 million commuters daily. There are more than 200,000 minibus taxis on the road and the average taxi travels 6,500 kilometres per month. Despite its importance, the industry remains privately-run and financed with no state support but has to compete with bus and train services that enjoy state subsidies.

Report coverage

The detailed report on South Africa’s metered taxi, minibus taxi and bus and coach services industry discusses current conditions, new developments, challenges faced and factors influencing the success of the sector. The report profiles 44 players in the bus and coach sector, including national companies Translux / City-to-City and Intercity Xpress, which also operates a Zimbabwe route. Profiles for 12 players in the metered taxi and e-hailing taxi sector are also provided and include Zebra Cabs which was acquired by taxi finance company, SA Taxi in 2015 with a view to expanding the business and competing against Uber.

Table of Contents

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1. INTRODUCTION 5
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 5
2.1. Industry Value Chain 8
2.2. Geographic Position 9
3. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 9
4. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 22
4.1. Local 22
4.1.1. Corporate Actions 27
4.1.2. Regulations 27
4.1.3. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 32
4.2. Continental 35
4.3. International 36
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 37
5.1. Government Initiatives 37
5.2. Economic Environment 38
5.3. Rising Operating Costs 39
5.4. Tourism 39
5.5. Labour 40
5.6. Road Safety, Security, Violence and Intimidation 44
5.7. Technology, Research & Development (R&D) and Innovation 46
5.8. Environmental Concerns 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 57
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 57
10. REFERENCES 58
10.1. Websites 58
COMPANY PROFILES - Urban, Suburban & Inter-urban Bus & Coach Passenger Lines 60
AFRICA'S BEST 350 (PTY) LTD 60
ALGOA BUS COMPANY (PTY) LTD 62
AMAROSA TRADING (PTY) LTD 64
ARROW COACHES CC 66
ATAMELANG BUS TRANSPORT (PTY) LTD 68
AUTOPAX PASSENGER SERVICES SOC LTD 70
BRAKPAN BUS COMPANY SOC LTD 72
BUSCOR (PTY) LTD 74
BUTHOTIS TRADING (PTY) LTD 77
CITY OF TSHWANE METROPOLITAN MUNICIPALITY (THE) 80
COMBINED TRANSPORT SERVICES (PTY) LTD 85
CREAM MAGENTA 326 (PTY) LTD 87
CULLINAN HOLDINGS LTD 89
DUZI BUS SERVICE (PTY) LTD 93
ELWIERDA (STELLENBOSCH) (PTY) LTD 95
EMONDHLO BUS SERVICE (PTY) LTD 97
GAUTENG COACHES (PTY) LTD 99
GREAT NORTH TRANSPORT (SOC) LTD 101
HOSKEN PASSENGER LOGISTICS AND RAIL LTD 104
IKHWEZI BUS SERVICE (PTY) LTD 107
INTERCAPE FERREIRA MAINLINER (PTY) LTD 109
ITUMELE BUS LINES (PTY) LTD 112
JOHANNESBURG METROPOLITAN BUS SERVICES SOC LTD 114
KZN BUS SERVICES (PTY) LTD 116
KZT BUS SERVICES (PTY) LTD 118
KZT COUNTRY CRUISER (PTY) LTD 120
MAYIBUYE TRANSPORT CORPORATION 122
METRO BUS SERVICE (PTY) LTD 124
MIDBANK BUS SERVICE (PTY) LTD 126
NORTHWEST STAR SOC LTD 128
PHOLA COACHES (PTY) LTD 130
PHUMATRA TRANSPORT ENTERPRISE CC 132
PIOTRANS (PTY) LTD 134
PUTCO (PTY) LTD 136
SCOPEFULL 21 (PTY) LTD 139
SOUTH COAST BUS SERVICE (PTY) LTD 141
STABUS TOURS (PTY) LTD 143
TANSNAT COACHLINES (PTY) LTD 145
THEMBALETHU BUS SERVICES (PTY) LTD 147
UNITRANS PASSENGER (PTY) LTD 149
COMPANY PROFILES - The Metered Taxi Industry 153
EAGLE RADIO TAXIS (PTY) LTD 153
EMMACULATE TRANSPORT AND CABS (PTY) LTD 155
EXCITE TAXIS 2 CC 157
GMTC TAXI RIDES COMPANY (PTY) LTD 159
INTERCAB CC 160
MAXI DRIVERS ASSOCIATION 161
MOZZIE CABS (PTY) LTD 163
ROODEPOORT METERED TAXI ASSOCIATION 165
ROSE TRAVEL AND ENTERPRISES LTD 166
SANDTON TAXI CABS (PTY) LTD 168
TAXIFY SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 170
UBER TECHNOLOGIES INC 171