Selected Issues in Competition and Ownership in Public Bus Transport Operations in South Africa

This chapter describes how the development of the tender for contract system in South Africa has come a long way. It is evident that much progress has been made in the implementation of the White Paper on National Transport Policy observations. Unfortunately, the process has become clouded with no clear understanding as to where the original policy is going. This causes extreme anxiety in the industry�”not only operators but also bus suppliers who have to engage in medium term planning for the provision of chassis and bodies. In some cases major investment decisions have to be taken based on market share and potential market growth. Some difficult decisions lay ahead�”both for government, industry and organized labor. The outcome of the negotiations between these parties about the Triparite Heads of Agreement (HOA) is going to be fundamental for the future of the tender for contract system in the country. However, this will not affect services already on tender but only those services that are still on Interim Contracts. The most likely outcome of a failure to reach agreement on the HOA is that the remaining services will be negotiated and contracts concluded based on the outcome of the negotiated processes.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 271-289
  • Monograph Title: Competition and Ownership in Land Passenger Transport

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  • Accession Number: 01003311
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0080445802
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 22 2005 11:22AM