SABOA - Southern African Bus Operators Association     Design
The Voice of the Bus Industry
SABOA - Southern African Bus Operators Association

BUS INDUSTRY PROFILE

Profile of the bus industry in South Africa

The bus industry in South Africa has for many years made a vital contribution

to the economic and social development of the country. As a provider of bus

services it has and continues to provide mobility to millions of people who

are dependent on public transport, for example, learners who require transport

to and from school, workers who require transport to and from their jobs, and

individuals who are seeking employment or access to hospitals and other

services.

Available statistics indicate that 70 per cent of South Africa’s population is

dependent on public transport (bus, commuter rail and taxis) for its mobility

needs.

There are about 25,000 buses in the industry in South Africa of which about

19 000 are involved in formal public transport activities (for reward). The other

6 000 buses are found in commerce and industry and government institutions

where they are mostly used for in-house purposes (not for reward).

The economic impact of buses used for public transport can be summarised

as follows:

The 19 000 buses have an estimated replacement value of R30.4billion

The public transport buses travel an estimated 1.40 billion kilometers per

         annum and use about 506 million litres of diesel fuel

This section of the industry provides direct employment to about 34 200

         people throughout the country with about 171 000 people indirectly

        dependent on the industry (directly related to employment in companies)

The public transport operators undertake approximately 912 million

         passenger trips per annum

The industry also supports a large number of suppliers such as bus and

         chassis manufacturers, fuel companies, tyre companies, glass and spare

        part companies, insurance companies etc. that are also in some way

       dependent on the industry for employment

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 SABOA - Southern African Bus Operators Association     Design

BUS INDUSTRY PROFILE

SABOA - Southern African Bus Operators Association
The Voice of the Bus Industry

Profile of the bus industry in South Africa

The bus industry in South Africa has for many years made

a vital contribution to the economic and social development

of the country. As a provider of bus

services it has and continues to provide mobility to millions

of people who are dependent on public transport, for

example, learners who require transport to and from

school, workers who require transport to and from their

jobs, and individuals who are seeking employment or

access to hospitals and other services.

Available statistics indicate that 70 per cent of South

Africa’s population is dependent on public transport (bus,

commuter rail and taxis) for its mobility needs.

There are about 25,000 buses in the industry in South

Africa of which about 19 000 are involved in formal public

transport activities (for reward). The other 6 000 buses are

found in commerce and industry and government

institutions where they are mostly used for in-house

purposes (not for reward).

The economic impact of buses used for public transport

can be summarised as follows:

The 19 000 buses have an estimated replacement

         value of R30.4billion

The public transport buses travel an estimated 1.40

         billion kilometres per annum and use about 506

         million litres of diesel fuel

This section of the industry provides direct

         employment to about 34 200 people throughout the

         country with about 171 000 people indirectly

        dependent on the industry (directly related to

        employment in companies)

The public transport operators undertake

         approximately 912 million passenger trips per annum

The industry also supports a large number of suppliers

         such as bus and chassis manufacturers, fuel

        companies, tyre companies, glass and spare part

        companies, insurance companies etc. that are also in

       some way dependent on the industry for employment