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The Minibus Taxi, Bus Services and Metered Taxi Industry
BY Yasmin Mahomedy
South Africa
21 January 2020
R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
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The Minibus Taxi, Bus Services & Metered Taxi Industry


South Africa’s metered taxi, minibus taxi and bus and coach services industry is essential for the growth of the South African economy. Minibus taxis remain the most popular choice of transport for about 69% of South Africa’s commuters, generating an estimated R50bn in fares annually. Buses and metered taxis continue to lose ground to e-hailing services. The Bus Rapid Transit system has been a failure, with high capital expenses and subsidies and low ridership undermining the plan to provide fast, affordable public transport.


Taxi Growth


Despite taxi violence and strikes, and fare increases due to higher fuel prices and higher vehicle prices, the demand for minibus taxi transport continues to grow. Taxis are used by about 69% of households compared to 59% fifteen years ago. The high price of owning a car and increasing fuel and maintenance costs has made it cheaper for many commuters to use taxis and e-hailing services rather than buy a car. Uber continues to dominate the e-hailing subsector with more than 13,000 drivers and more than one million riders, although Bolt now covers twice the number of areas in South Africa than Uber. The metered taxi sector has been struggling to survive since the launch of e-hailing apps and continues to call for regulation to protect metered taxi services. Some metered taxi organisations have launched their own apps to remain competitive.


Report Coverage


This report includes comprehensive information on the public and private metered taxi, minibus taxi and bus and coach services industry including the state of these services, pending regulation and the effect of e-hailing services on the sector. There are profiles of 53 companies including bus services such as Putco, Duzi and Algoa, e-hailing services such as Uber, Bolt and new player Chaufher and large players such as Unitrans.


Page
1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
2.1. Industry Value Chain 3
2.2. Geographic Position 4
3. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 5
4. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 6
4.1. Local 6
4.1.1. Corporate Actions 13
4.1.2. Regulations 14
4.1.3. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 17
4.2. Continental 20
4.3. International 21
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 22
5.1. Government Initiatives 22
5.2. Economic Environment 23
5.3. Rising Operating Costs 23
5.4. Tourism 24
5.5. Road Safety, Security, Violence and Intimidation 24
5.6. Labour 26
5.7. Technology, R&D and Innovation 29
5.8. Cyclicality 31
5.9. Environmental Concerns 31
5.10. Electricity Supply Constraints 32
6. COMPETITION 33
6.1. Barriers to Entry 36
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 37
8. OUTLOOK 38
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 38
REFERENCES 39
9.1. Publications 39
9.2. Websites 39
APPENDIX 1 41
Summary of Notable Players 41
COMPANY PROFILES 48
AFRICA'S BEST 350 (PTY) LTD 48
ALGOA BUS COMPANY (PTY) LTD 50
AMAROSA TRADING (PTY) LTD 52
ARROW COACHES CC 54
ATAMELANG BUS TRANSPORT (PTY) LTD 56
AUTOPAX PASSENGER SERVICES SOC LTD 58
BIZA RIDE (PTY) LTD 60
BOLT SERVICES ZA (PTY) LTD 61
BRAKPAN BUS COMPANY SOC LTD 63
BUSCOR (PTY) LTD 65
CHAUFHER SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 68
CITY OF TSHWANE METROPOLITAN MUNICIPALITY (THE) 69
COMBINED TRANSPORT SERVICES (PTY) LTD 74
CREAM MAGENTA 326 (PTY) LTD 76
CULLINAN HOLDINGS LTD 78
DUZI BUS SERVICE (PTY) LTD 82
EAGLE RADIO TAXIS (PTY) LTD 84
ELWIERDA (STELLENBOSCH) (PTY) LTD 86
EMMACULATE TRANSPORT AND CABS (PTY) LTD 88
EMONDHLO BUS SERVICE (PTY) LTD 89
EXCITE BACKPACKERS CC 91
GAUTENG COACHES (PTY) LTD 93
GMTC TAXI RIDES COMPANY (PTY) LTD 95
GREAT NORTH TRANSPORT (SOC) LTD 96
HOSKEN PASSENGER LOGISTICS AND RAIL LTD 99
IKHWEZI BUS SERVICE (PTY) LTD 102
IMPERIAL LOGISTICS MOTION (PTY) LTD 104
INTERCAPE FERREIRA MAINLINER (PTY) LTD 106
ITUMELE BUS LINES (PTY) LTD 109
JOHANNESBURG METROPOLITAN BUS SERVICES SOC LTD 111
KZN BUS SERVICES (PTY) LTD 114
KZT BUS SERVICES (PTY) LTD 116
KZT COUNTRY CRUISER (PTY) LTD 118
MAXI DRIVERS ASSOCIATION 120
MAYIBUYE TRANSPORT CORPORATION 122
METRO BUS SERVICE (PTY) LTD 125
MIDBANK BUS SERVICE (PTY) LTD 127
NORTHWEST STAR SOC LTD 129
PHOLA COACHES (PTY) LTD 131
PHUMATRA TRANSPORT ENTERPRISE CC 133
PIOTRANS (PTY) LTD 135
PUTCO (PTY) LTD 137
ROODEPOORT METERED TAXI ASSOCIATION 140
ROSE TRAVEL AND ENTERPRISES LTD 141
SANDTON TAXI CABS (PTY) LTD 142
SCOPEFULL 21 (PTY) LTD 144
SOUTH COAST BUS SERVICE (PTY) LTD 146
STABUS TOURS (PTY) LTD 148
TANSNAT COACHLINES (PTY) LTD 150
TAXI LIVE (PTY) LTD 152
THEMBALETHU BUS SERVICES (PTY) LTD 154
UBER TECHNOLOGIES INC 156
UNITRANS PASSENGER (PTY) LTD 159