The paratransit sector as a partner in change

By Nico Mc Lachlan The biggest challenge faced by the paratransit sector in the cities of the global south is the self- reinforcing view of the public and those in positions of authority of a sector built on lawlessness, exploitation, overtrading, criminality and a propensity to resort to violence as a means of dealing with […]

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Rwandan Government introduces 29.3bn Rwandan Franc subsidy to ease the burden on hard pressed public transport service providers

The New Times in Rwanda on 11 February 2021 leads with the good news that the Rwandan government has allocated a subsidy of 29.3 bn Rwandan Franc (RWF) in the 2021 financial year as a relief payment to hard pressed public transport operators. Under the now extended COVID–19 regulations, Rwandan public transport operators are required […]

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Cape Town Public Transport Experts Share Their Experience with Kampala Delegation

During the week of 7 – 11 December 2020 Cape Town based Public Transport specialists Organisation Development Africa (ODA) and their Swiss partners Transitec hosted a delegation of government officials from the Ugandan Ministry of Works and Transport, the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) and the six main minibus taxi associations in Kampala. The study […]

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Shifting from office-based to working from home is more complicated than sending employees home with laptops

Know your teams and members The writing appears to be on the wall. “Working from home”, especially for professional staff and office workers will become part of the new normal that follows on post Covid-19 lockdown measures worldwide. While organisations might have used the pre-lockdown and lockdown period to make sure they have the required […]

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Saving lives while securing livelihoods: Limiting access to the available means of mobility is devastating to the poor

Striking the balance between saving lives and securing livelihoods has been at the centre of the governments’ response to the COVID–19 Pandemic. As part of the focus on saving lives, (and preventing health system overrun), strict measures pertaining to travel on public transport modes have been imposed and will probably prevail for some time to […]

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Post lockdown travel demand in South Africa – three plausible futures to prepare for

Background  Public Transport Operators (including paratransit operators in the cities of the global south) have been severely impacted by COVID – 19 related lockdown measures that saw economic activity (and therefore travel demand) been reduced to variations on the definition of ‘’essential service workers’’.  Anecdotal evidence put forward by formal bus and paratransit / minibus […]

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COVID-19 and the Impact on Public Transport

The Coronavirus, COVID-19, is increasingly having an impact on the way people conduct their daily lives. Public transport is just one of the areas that is being severely impacted through travel bans, the avoidance of public gatherings and self isolation measures.  In most regions the use of public transport is not prohibited so the best […]

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Improving the Standard Owner Target Paratransit Business Model in South Africa

Written by Naidine Daniels The paratransit (minibus taxi) sector provides up to 65% of commuters in the main South African cities with reliable and affordable public transport. The sector forms the backbone of the informal economy in urban settings and provides job opportunities to many who have difficulty accessing the formal job market. Most governments […]

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