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

ACTIVITIES

Research One of the core values of the Association is to contribute to the industry through research activities. The results of this research inform the Association of possible avenues to pursue, in an informed manner. Over the last number of years research has been conducted in fields such as:   The status of Black Economic Empowerment in the industry The role and position of SMME operators in the industry An evaluation of the impact of the tender for contract system on the          industry An analysis of the impact of the month-to-month extension of the          contracts on the industry A comparative analysis of the tender versus the negotiated contract          system An analysis of operator perceptions of the tender for contract system,          as well as the general public transport policy of the Department of          Transport National and international transport policy research to inform policy          options in South Africa Safety-related research to inform technical and design issues in the          industry; Tender design and amendments Research into escalation formulae that are used in the tender and          negotiated contract system Evaluation on the progress and issues related to the tendering system          in South Africa The compilation of an operators’ manual focused on the training of          SMME operators Driving hours in the coach industry; and Axle mass loads on buses and coaches     Training Since its inception in 1980, SABOA has been actively involved in establishing and promoting training in the industry. These initiatives saw it working in close partnership with the University of Johannesburg to introduce training programs tailored to meet the needs of the industry. The three-year Diploma in Road Transport (with an endorsement for passenger transport) has been very successful in training and empowering thousands of bus company employees since the inception of the qualification in 1980. Many SMME operators have also benefited over several years through the SABOA bursary scheme that has enabled them to enroll for these programs. SABOA is also involved with the Transport Education and Training Authority (TETA) in the establishment of learnerships in the industry as well as to offer specialised training for SMMEs in various fields to ensure they are better equipped to become part of the mainstream of public transport. The SMME training focuses on important issues such as costing and budgeting, vehicle maintenance, compiling a business plan, basic business principles and new venture creation. Since the inception of these training programs in 2003 more than 1000 employees of SMME operators throughout the country have benefited from this SABOA training initiatives. The cost of the training programs is entirely funded from TETA grants. Workshops & Planning One of the mechanisms used to discuss issues in the industry is to arrange focused workshops on areas of concern. Through this mechanism input is obtained from the membership and broad consensus reached on a diverse range of issues. These inputs, through reports that are compiled from the workshop proceedings, are then communicated to Exco for its consideration. An annual strategic planning session is held in January of every year. The purpose of the session is to review the activities of the previous year and to set priority action areas for the ensuing year. As is the case with other workshops, a facilitator is normally used to ensure transparency and incivility. Normally about 100 members attend and participate in the strategic planning sessions, necessitating the facilitator to apply a unique approach to ensure the active involvement of all participants. This led to the introduction of Open Space and World Café strategic planning in the Association. Conferences exhibitions SABOA has been successful in the establishment of an annual bus conference that is widely regarded as the main South African bus conference on public transport matters. More than 400 delegates from a range of stakeholders regularly attend the conference which is organised alongside an exhibition that attracts exhibitors in more than 50 exhibition areas. A gala dinner is arranged annually for industry role players to get together. This function is normally addressed by a guest speaker who explores a topic of general interest to the industry. Breakfast sessions are also often arranged from time to time to address interesting topics that have a bearing on the industry-at-large. Lobbying Lobbying is one of the major objectives of the Association and SABOA is in direct contact with the following role players on a regular basis: National Department of Transport Provincial Departments of Transport Various education departments – nationally and on a provincial level Department of Labour Local governments Law enforcement agencies The Transport Education and Training Authority (TETA) Training providers such as universities and TETA-accredited service          providers Parliamentary institutions such as the Portfolio Committees on Transport          (national and provincial) Organised labour Various suppliers to the industry such as bus chassis suppliers, bus body          suppliers, finance companies, tyres companies, fuel companies and ticket          machine suppliers, etc. South African Revenue Services Institutions such as the Rail Commuter Corporation, the Road Freight          Association, the Cross-Border Road Transport Agency, international trade         associations etc. Passenger and community groups through its operating members; and International conference series such as THREDBO.

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 SABOA - Southern African Bus Operators Association     Design

ACTIVITIES

SABOA - Southern African Bus Operators Association
The Voice of the Bus Industry
Research One of the core values of the Association is to contribute to the industry through research activities. The results of this research inform the Association of possible avenues to pursue, in an informed manner. Over the last number of years research has been conducted in fields such as:   The status of Black Economic Empowerment in the          industry The role and position of SMME operators in the          industry An evaluation of the impact of the tender for contract         system on the industry An analysis of the impact of the month-to-month         extension of the contracts on the industry A comparative analysis of the tender versus the          negotiated contract system An analysis of operator perceptions of the tender for         contract system, as well as the general public transport         policy of the Department of Transport National and international transport policy research          to inform policy options in South Africa Safety-related research to inform technical and design          issues in the industry; Tender design and amendments Research into escalation formulae that are used in          the tender and negotiated contract system Evaluation on the progress and issues related to the          tendering system in South Africa The compilation of an operators’ manual focused on          the training of SMME operators Driving hours in the coach industry; and Axle mass loads on buses and coaches     Training Since its inception in 1980, SABOA has been actively involved in establishing and promoting training in the industry. These initiatives saw it working in close partnership with the University of Johannesburg to introduce training programs tailored to meet the needs of the industry. The three-year Diploma in Road Transport (with an endorsement for passenger transport) has been very successful in training and empowering thousands of bus company employees since the inception of the qualification in 1980. Many SMME operators have also benefited over several years through the SABOA bursary scheme that has enabled them to enroll for these programs. SABOA is also involved with the Transport Education and Training Authority (TETA) in the establishment of learnerships in the industry as well as to offer specialised training for SMMEs in various fields to ensure they are better equipped to become part of the mainstream of public transport. The SMME training focuses on important issues such as costing and budgeting, vehicle maintenance, compiling a business plan, basic business principles and new venture creation. Since the inception of these training programs in 2003 more than 1000 employees of SMME operators throughout the country have benefited from this SABOA training initiatives. The cost of the training programs is entirely funded from TETA grants. Workshops & Planning One of the mechanisms used to discuss issues in the industry is to arrange focused workshops on areas of concern. Through this mechanism input is obtained from the membership and broad consensus reached on a diverse range of issues. These inputs, through reports that are compiled from the workshop proceedings, are then communicated to Exco for its consideration. An annual strategic planning session is held in January of every year. The purpose of the session is to review the activities of the previous year and to set priority action areas for the ensuing year. As is the case with other workshops, a facilitator is normally used to ensure transparency and incivility. Normally about 100 members attend and participate in the strategic planning sessions, necessitating the facilitator to apply a unique approach to ensure the active involvement of all participants. This led to the introduction of Open Space and World Café strategic planning in the Association. Conferences exhibitions SABOA has been successful in the establishment of an annual bus conference that is widely regarded as the main South African bus conference on public transport matters. More than 400 delegates from a range of stakeholders regularly attend the conference which is organised alongside an exhibition that attracts exhibitors in more than 50 exhibition areas. A gala dinner is arranged annually for industry role players to get together. This function is normally addressed by a guest speaker who explores a topic of general interest to the industry. Breakfast sessions are also often arranged from time to time to address interesting topics that have a bearing on the industry-at-large. Lobbying Lobbying is one of the major objectives of the Association and SABOA is in direct contact with the following role players on a regular basis: National Department of Transport Provincial Departments of Transport Various education departments – nationally and on a          provincial level Department of Labour Local governments Law enforcement agencies The Transport Education and Training Authority (TETA) Training providers such as universities and TETA-          accredited service providers Parliamentary institutions such as the Portfolio          Committees on Transport (national and provincial) Organised labour Various suppliers to the industry such as bus chassis          suppliers, bus body suppliers, finance companies,          tyres companies, fuel companies and ticket machine          suppliers, etc. South African Revenue Services Institutions such as the Rail Commuter Corporation,          the Road Freight Association, the Cross-Border Road          Transport Agency, international trade associations etc. Passenger and community groups through its          operating members; and International conference series such as THREDBO.