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Road Passenger Chamber

The Executive Officer of TETA’s Road Passenger Chamber is Noma Sejake. Sejake, with her team based in Randburg, oversees the implementation of TETA’s mandate in the Eastern Cape.

About the Road Passenger Subsector

All road passenger transport services rendered by means of mini-buses and buses makeup the bus industry as defined in the National Land Transport Transition Act. The industry includes long distance bus services, tour and charter bus services, cross-border bus services, intercity bus services, school/learner bus services, commercial contract bus services, special hire or private hire bus services, subsidised and non-subsidised bus services, and scheduled and unscheduled bus services

Entities involved in rendering passenger bus services include privately owned bus operations, listed bus operations, state-owned bus operations, municipal bus services or bus operations owned by metropolitan authorities, parastatals and provincial authorities.

Significant features of the sector are that it:

  • Transports people and their personal goods to different parts of the country;
  • Provides mobility to millions of people who require access to different services such as schooling, employment, hospitals etc.;
  • Contributes vastly to the economic and social development of south africa.


Challenges in the Road Passenger Subsector

Traffic congestion in major metropolitan areas of the country has become a pandermic that is affecting the bus industry. One of the most recent solution to this problem has been the introduction of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems. This solution has been introduced in some major metropolitans and is still in progress in other metropolitans.

The bus industry is also facing a number of issues such as:

  • Transport safety;
  • Poor participation of registered levy paying companies and SMMEs in the skills development initiatives;
  • Lack of commitment by some of those already participating in skills development;
  • Differences between the employer and labour movements in the workplace which hinder the implementation of skills development initiatives;
  • Lack of accredited service providers in marginalised rural areas.


Strategic focus

  • Introduce transport safety education at school level;
  • Encourage learners to choose transport related careers;
  • Encourage registered levy-paying companies and SMMEs to participate in the skills development initiatives;
  • Work closely with employee organisations in raising awareness and establishing ways of cascading information on the benefits of skills development within the industry;
  • Promote and support training committees (including labour) in building their capacity in skills development roles;
  • Encourage increase in accredited service providers in rural areas.

Key Achievements

  • Prioritising the availability of employment opportunities for people living with disabilities. Among others, two programmes are worth highlighting: Professional Driver Learnership Programme offered through the Eastern Cape Disability Economic Empowerment Trust (ECDEET) and the skills development programme offered through the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities (NCPPD).
  • Continued support for equal opportunities in the bus industry evident in that two of our stakeholders, Buscor and Putco, have committed to recruiting females into the industry through their artisan development programmes.
  • Facilitated the development of the occupational qualification for a National Occupational Certificate for Bus Driver at NQF Level 3 with minimum credits of 120. This was followed by a rigorous process of material development by the road passenger industry through SABOA and the industry at large. This has culminated into a product that is worth sharing to the entire road passenger industry.
  • The industry has managed to forge closer working relations with TVETs, HETs and key social partners through programmes funded by TETA as follows:
  • Ingwe FET College has signed an MoU with TETA and more programmes will be established through Service Level Agreements that will follow;
  • A Memorandum of Understanding with Buffalo City FET College for a Driver Skills Programme for its learners has been signed;
  • Through a Service Level Agreement signed with TETA, Amahlathi Local Municipality has been running Driver Learnership and workplace experience programme in the rural area of Stutterheim;
  • There has been significant improvement in the participation of levy-paying enterprises in the industry. Twenty new participants were approved as first time stakeholders in the 17/18 financial year.


Employer Representatives

Employers within the road passenger industry are represented by the following employer associations:

  • South African Bus Employers’ Association (SABEA)
  • Commuter Bus Employers Organization (COBEO)


Employee Representatives

Employees within the road passenger industry are represented by the following active labour unions:

  • South African Transport Allied Workers Union (SATAWU)
  • Transport and Allied Workers Union of South Africa (TAWUSA)
  • Transport and Services Workers Union (TIRISANO)
  • Transport & Omnibus Workers Union (TOWU)
  • National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA)

Statutory Bodies:

  • South African Road Passenger Bargaining Council (SARPBAC)
  • Department of Transport – Provincial and National (DOT)
  • Department of Education (DOE)
  • Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC)
  • Road Traffic Infringement Agency (RTIA)


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