Bumps, Curves and Spills: The Road Towards Promotion and Sustenance of Co-operatives for Road-based Public Transport Sector in South Africa.
Nominated for The Planning for Sustainable Land Use and Transport Award
Priyanka Parida, Ingerop South Africa (Pty) Ltd
Based on mining of best practices, lessons learnt, and adopting strong prescriptions to address the lacunae, a way forward for the promotion and sustenance of co-operatives for road-based public transport sector in South Africa is proposed.
South Africa – with the Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) at the vanguard - has, since the release of the Policy on Co-operatives in 2004, embarked on a sustained campaign to, both, reform the role and governance of Co-operatives in the country, as well as promote and support the development of modernised co-operative model applications within and among heterogeneous sectors of the country’s socio-economic endeavour in South Africa. Co-operatives has been identified as one of the central pivots to reduce poverty, unemployment and high levels of inequality in the economy. The National Department of Transport (NDoT) is tasked with formulating strategies for empowering the largest black-owned industry, i.e. road based public transport fraternity, through formation of transport co-operatives.
First, a desktop analysis of available literature on Co-operatives and into what has been happening w.r.t the use of Co-operatives by public transport operators to date was conducted. Selected instruments of support to Co-operatives were also studied. Findings of the desktop study established a bleak history i.t.o successful use of Co-operatives by the industry. Subsequently, an analysis of determinant factors/criteria was done and this led to a rating methodology used to arrive at the recommended sites to visit and seek to provide the expected value addition that can be expected from such a visits. The site visits allowed for evaluation of world-wide co-operative practices to identify instances of excellence with a view to single out examples worthy of emulation that can provide best practices suitable for application in the South African public transport environment. Consequently, the strategy for promotion and sustenance of co-operatives in the road-based public transport sector adopts strong prescriptions to address the lacunae discovered in the field. Further, the strategy also mines the best practices from the rest of the world in an effort to introduce global best practices, whilst remaining relevant in the local circumstances. Finally, taking into account the lessons learnt to date, a feasible and pragmatic way forward is proposed for the sector – the basics of which are the subject of this paper.
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