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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Minibus Taxi Operators in Kampala Ready to Engage on BRT Plan

During an initial Consultative Forum facilitated by ODA in January 2020, representatives from the minibus taxi industry and local government met to discuss the current state and future vision of the urban mobility system in the Greater Kampala Metropolitan Area. Upon conclusion of the forum the taxi operators confirmed their readiness to engage on the […]

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The Value of Creating a Common Language when Managing Large Scale and Complex Change Processes

Executive Summary The value of common language “Narrowing language increases efficiency” “Expanding language increases opportunity” “To regenerate, an organisation creates a new language” “Past language limits future vision” “Organisations need different languages to discuss its present and future business” Source:DUBBERLY et al, 2002. City of Kigali (Rwanda): Designing & Introducing 2nd Generation Public Transport Contracts […]

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A Parisian in Kampala

An experiential account of urban mobility Three months into my internship at Cape Town based urban mobility consultancy ODA I was offered the opportunity to join the team responsible for preparation of a new project in Kampala, Uganda aimed at improving urban mobility in the Greater Kampala Metropolitan Area (GKMA). Although the three months I […]

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On 31 December 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported a cluster of pneumonia cases in Wuhan City, China. ‘Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2’ (SARS-CoV-2) was confirmed as the causative agent of what we now know as ‘Coronavirus Disease 2019’ (COVID-19). Since then, the virus has spread to more than 100 countries, including South Africa. Emergency Hotline: 0800 029 999 WhatsApp Support Line: 0600-123456