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SABOA - Southern African Bus Operators Association

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SABOA's Contribution to the Role Of Public Transport In South Africa SABOA and Policy Formulation SABOA has played an important role in the public transport policy formulation process since 1994 (and prior to this date) through the White Paper on National Transport Policy, the Moving South Africa Strategy, the National Land Transport Transition Act, the National Land Transport Act, the tendering system, negotiated contract system, the Tripartite Heads of Agreement, and the BEE Charter process, as well as being involved in the policy formulation process of the Cross-Border Road Transport Agency and provincial policies. These processes are ongoing.     SABOA and Transformation The Council and Exco governing structures of the Association are fully transformed and fully reflect the demographics of the country. The Association has been at the forefront of transformation for many years and continues to set the pace when measured against other similar industry associations.     SABOA and BEE/SMME empowerment In 2003 SABOA, the National Department of Transport and other role players agreed to a seven-year Bus Sector BEE Charter. The Charter addressed the orderly transformation of the industry, based on a balanced scorecard approach to ensure, among others, the broad-based participation of disadvantaged operators in the future industry. However, in 2005 and 2006 the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) published its Codes of Good Practice on Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE). The SABOA Council subsequently decided to fully align the Bus Sector BEE Charter with the DTI Codes of Good Practice. This alignment process was successfully concluded with the Department of Transport in 2007. Due to the amendment of the DTI Codes of Good Practice in 2014, SABOA is currently negotiating the alignment of the Bus Sector BEE Charter with the Department of Transport. SABOA has recognized the need for empowerment of its SMME members and appointed an Empowerment Committee which consists of SABOA Council members to drive this initiative. The Association is also supporting SMMEs through advice on a wide range of technical, operational and management issues, not only on the SABOA level but also on the established operator level. Established operators have over the years demonstrated their commitment to empower SABOA SMMEs through sub-contracting, joint ventures, contracting and tendering as well as through learner ships.     SABOA and Road Safety The industry has a high visibility in terms of passenger transport and safety. It also has a major responsibility in terms of how it operates its services. For this reason safety is of paramount importance to the Association. The Association fully support the following important structures and initiatives: The Arrive Alive Campaign The Road to Safety Strategy 2001 to 2005 National Department of Transport safety initiatives The SABS committees tasked with road safety, technical and design          specifications Provincial government’s’ road safety campaigns Following a workshop on driver behavior which SABOA hosted on 14 August 2014, SABOA is currently investigating the possibility of establishing a driver training academy for the bus and coach industry in South Africa which will be accredited by tha Automobile Association in the United Kingdom. SABOA also introduced a Road Safety Code of Conduct for its members in support of improved road safety. The Road Transport Management System (RTMS) which is an industry-led, government supported, voluntary, self-regulation scheme that encourages road transport operators to implement a management system (SANS10399:2012) with outcomes that improve road safety has also been endorsed by SABOA. Members are encouraged to apply for RTMS accreditation in support of road safety.     SABOA and its involvement with National, Provincial and Local Structures of Government SABOA is an active participant in the consultative structures of government through participation in committees, working committees and task groups on issues that affect both government and industry. In addition, SABOA is also often consulted on its views regarding government initiatives and policy direction that affect the industry.     SABOA and the Media The Association is regarded as the spokesperson for the bus industry on a range of issues. It is often quoted in the printed media – members and the Secretariat participate in radio and television interviews, press statements and awareness campaigns.   SABOA and Organised Study Tours The Association, at the request of Exco, arranges study tours to countries where public transport systems, processes, policies and institutional structures are discussed. Past study tours have included countries such as Germany, France, Sweden, England, Scotland, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand. Visits to other parts of the world such as Argentina, Brazil and Chile have also been undertaken as part of government delegations.  

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SABOA's Contribution to the Role Of Public Transport In South Africa SABOA and Policy Formulation SABOA has played an important role in the public transport policy formulation process since 1994 (and prior to this date) through the White Paper on National Transport Policy, the Moving South Africa Strategy, the National Land Transport Transition Act, the National Land Transport Act, the tendering system, negotiated contract system, the Tripartite Heads of Agreement, and the BEE Charter process, as well as being involved in the policy formulation process of the Cross-Border Road Transport Agency and provincial policies. These processes are ongoing.     SABOA and Transformation The Council and Exco governing structures of the Association are fully transformed and fully reflect the demographics of the country. The Association has been at the forefront of transformation for many years and continues to set the pace when measured against other similar industry associations.     SABOA and BEE/SMME empowerment In 2003 SABOA, the National Department of Transport and other role players agreed to a seven-year Bus Sector BEE Charter. The Charter addressed the orderly transformation of the industry, based on a balanced scorecard approach to ensure, among others, the broad-based participation of disadvantaged operators in the future industry. However, in 2005 and 2006 the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) published its Codes of Good Practice on Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE). The SABOA Council subsequently decided to fully align the Bus Sector BEE Charter with the DTI Codes of Good Practice. This alignment process was successfully concluded with the Department of Transport in 2007. Due to the amendment of the DTI Codes of Good Practice in 2014, SABOA is currently negotiating the alignment of the Bus Sector BEE Charter with the Department of Transport. SABOA has recognized the need for empowerment of its SMME members and appointed an Empowerment Committee which consists of SABOA Council members to drive this initiative. The Association is also supporting SMMEs through advice on a wide range of technical, operational and management issues, not only on the SABOA level but also on the established operator level. Established operators have over the years demonstrated their commitment to empower SABOA SMMEs through sub-contracting, joint ventures, contracting and tendering as well as through learner ships.     SABOA and Road Safety The industry has a high visibility in terms of passenger transport and safety. It also has a major responsibility in terms of how it operates its services. For this reason safety is of paramount importance to the Association. The Association fully support the following important structures and initiatives: The Arrive Alive Campaign The Road to Safety Strategy 2001 to 2005 National Department of Transport safety initiatives The SABS committees tasked with road safety,          technical and design specifications Provincial government’s’ road safety campaigns Following a workshop on driver behavior which SABOA hosted on 14 August 2014, SABOA is currently investigating the possibility of establishing a driver training academy for the bus and coach industry in South Africa which will be accredited by the Automobile Association in the United Kingdom. SABOA also introduced a Road Safety Code of Conduct for its members in support of improved road safety. The Road Transport Management System (RTMS) which is an industry-led, government supported, voluntary, self- regulation scheme that encourages road transport operators to implement a management system (SANS10399:2012) with outcomes that improve road safety has also been endorsed by SABOA. Members are encouraged to apply for RTMS accreditation in support of road safety.     SABOA and its involvement with National, Provincial and Local Structures of Government SABOA is an active participant in the consultative structures of government through participation in committees, working committees and task groups on issues that affect both government and industry. In addition, SABOA is also often consulted on its views regarding government initiatives and policy direction that affect the industry.     SABOA and the Media The Association is regarded as the spokesperson for the bus industry on a range of issues. It is often quoted in the printed media – members and the Secretariat participate in radio and television interviews, press statements and awareness campaigns.   SABOA and Organised Study Tours The Association, at the request of Exco, arranges study tours to countries where public transport systems, processes, policies and institutional structures are discussed. Past study tours have included countries such as Germany, France, Sweden, England, Scotland, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand. Visits to other parts of the world such as Argentina, Brazil and Chile have also been undertaken as part of government delegations.