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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South African Companies Design 2nd Generation Public Transport Contracts for Kigali

South African companies Organisation Development Africa (ODA), Transport Economic & Support Services (TESS) and GoMetro played a central role in the design of 2nd generation public transport contracts for the city of Kigali Rwanda. The SA companies are part of a consortium led by Swiss -based Transport Engineering firm Transitec. The Rwandan Utilities Regulatory Authority […]

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COVID-19 Corona Virus Notice:

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