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The Minibus Taxi, Bus Services and Metered Taxi Industry in South Africa
BY Yasmin Mahomedy
South Africa
24 March 2021
R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
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The Minibus Taxi, Bus Services and Metered Taxi Industry in South Africa


The vast majority of South Africans are totally dependent on public transport (bus, taxi and rail) for transport and South Africans spend over 20% of disposable income on public transport compared to a 10% average in developing countries. While the taxi industry provides significant opportunities for empowerment and provides jobs, it is unregulated and characterised by poor driver working conditions and inadequate driver training.


Minibus Taxi Sector


The sector continues to face challenges, which include labour relations, allegations of exploitation of workers, compliance with tax laws, and taxi violence. However, demand for minibus taxi transport continues to grow as commuters find them more widely available, reaching places that buses and trains do not. Government wants to formalise the industry, which transports 16.5 million passengers a day, to bring it into the tax net.


E-hailing


Car sales in South Africa declined by 29.1% in 2020 due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Increasing fuel and maintenance costs and low rates offered by e-hailing companies have made it cheaper for many commuters to use e-hailing rather than their own cars. E-hailing companies were hard hit by the lockdown and have been offering discounts to attract more passengers. This has caused tension between drivers and the companies, as the drivers say this affects their income.


Report Coverage


This report focuses on South Africa’s minibus taxi, metered taxi, and bus and coach services industry, which plays a vital role in the economic and social development of the country. It includes information on the state of the sector, recent developments and corporate actions. There is information on regulations and other government initiatives including the taxi recapitalisation programme. This report includes profiles of 50 companies including bus companies such as Putco and Intercape, taxi companies such as Rose and Sandton Taxi Cabs and international company Uber.


Page
1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
2.1. Industry Value Chain 6
2.2. Geographic Position 7
3. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 8
4. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 10
4.1. Local 10
4.1.1. Corporate Actions 17
4.1.2. Regulations 17
4.1.3. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 21
4.2. Continental 24
4.3. International 27
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 28
5.1. Coronavirus 28
5.2. Economic Environment 30
5.3. Government Initiatives 31
5.4. Rising Input Costs 32
5.5. Tourism 32
5.6. Road Safety, Security, Violence, and Intimidation 32
5.7. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation 34
5.8. Cyclicality 36
5.9. Environmental Concerns 37
5.10. Electricity Supply Constraints 38
5.11. Labour 38
6. COMPETITION 40
6.1. Barriers to Entry 44
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 45
8. OUTLOOK 46
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 46
10. REFERENCES 47
10.1. Publications 47
10.2. Websites 47
APPENDIX 1 - Summary of Notable players 49
Urban, Suburban & Inter-urban Bus & Coach Passenger Lines 49
The Metered Taxi Industry 56
COMPANY PROFILES - URBAN, SUBURBAN & INTER-URBAN BUS & COACH PASSENGER LINES 59
AFRICA'S BEST 350 (PTY) LTD 59
ALGOA BUS COMPANY (PTY) LTD 61
AMAROSA TRADING (PTY) LTD 63
ARROW COACHES CC 64
ATAMELANG BUS TRANSPORT (PTY) LTD 65
AUTOPAX PASSENGER SERVICES SOC LTD 67
BRAKPAN BUS COMPANY SOC LTD 70
BUSCOR (PTY) LTD 72
CITY OF TSHWANE METROPOLITAN MUNICIPALITY (THE) 75
COMBINED TRANSPORT SERVICES (PTY) LTD 80
CREAM MAGENTA 326 (PTY) LTD 82
CULLINAN HOLDINGS LTD 84
DUZI BUS SERVICE (PTY) LTD 88
ELWIERDA (STELLENBOSCH) (PTY) LTD 90
EMONDHLO BUS SERVICE (PTY) LTD 92
GAUTENG COACHES (PTY) LTD 93
GREAT NORTH TRANSPORT (SOC) LTD 95
HOSKEN PASSENGER LOGISTICS AND RAIL LTD 98
IKHWEZI BUS SERVICE (PTY) LTD 101
IMPERIAL LOGISTICS MOTION (PTY) LTD 103
INTERCAPE FERREIRA MAINLINER (PTY) LTD 105
ITUMELE BUS LINES (PTY) LTD 108
JOHANNESBURG METROPOLITAN BUS SERVICES SOC LTD 110
KZN BUS SERVICES (PTY) LTD 113
KZT BUS SERVICES (PTY) LTD 115
KZT COUNTRY CRUISER (PTY) LTD 117
MAYIBUYE TRANSPORT CORPORATION 119
METRO BUS SERVICE (PTY) LTD 121
NORTHWEST STAR SOC LTD 123
PHOLA COACHES (PTY) LTD 125
PHUMATRA TRANSPORT ENTERPRISE (PTY) LTD 127
PIOTRANS (PTY) LTD 129
PUTCO (PTY) LTD 131
SCOPEFULL 21 (PTY) LTD 134
SOUTH COAST BUS SERVICE (PTY) LTD 136
STABUS TOURS (PTY) LTD 138
TANSNAT COACHLINES (PTY) LTD 139
UNITRANS PASSENGER (PTY) LTD 141
COMPANY PROFILES - THE METERED TAXI INDUSTRY 145
BOLT SERVICES ZA (PTY) LTD 145
CHAUFHER SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 147
EAGLE RADIO TAXIS (PTY) LTD 148
EMMACULATE TRANSPORT AND CABS (PTY) LTD 150
EXCITE BACKPACKERS (PTY) LTD 152
GMTC TAXI RIDES COMPANY (PTY) LTD 154
MAXI DRIVERS ASSOCIATION NPC 155
ROODEPOORT METERED TAXI ASSOCIATION NPC 157
ROSE TRAVEL AND ENTERPRISES LTD 158
SANDTON TAXI CABS (PTY) LTD 160
TAXI LIVE (PTY) LTD 162
UBER TECHNOLOGIES INC 164