Neels Blom Writer at large

The management of the South African transport system is dysfunctional and impedes its development and the formalisation of a chaotic minibus-taxi industry, says independent transport analyst Paul Browning. He was delivering a presentation at the Competition Commission’s inquiry into SA’s land-based public passenger transport market at Constitutional Hill in Johannesburg on Monday. The inquiry comes as passenger transport systems throughout the country are failing at an increasing rate. Delegates are submitting evidence of escalating violent crime on commuter trains and violence among minibus-taxi operators, violent clashes between metered-taxi operators and e-hailing services, and near-universal unreliability and inadequacy of all commuter services. The inquiry intends formulating proposals that will lead to "meaningful mobility" for South Africans in pursuit of economic participation. The delegate from the Soweto Commuter Organisation supported Browning’s views, criticising commute...

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