The South African National Small Bus Operators Council (Sansboc) Limpopo, in partnership with the Department of Transport and Nedbank will host a two-day conference at Protea Hotel Ranch Resort on 27 and 28 May.
Sansboc-Limpopo, a formal structure of which the national mother body was launched three years ago, aims to represent all previously disadvantaged bus operators of the province by acting between the industry and relevant stakeholders, particularly Government.
The conference, themed ‘Total economic empowerment for previously disadvantaged Bus Operators in Limpopo’, is set to come up with solutions for challenges facing bus operators across the province.
A press release issued last Wednesday quoted Johannes Ragimane, Provincial Chairperson of the council to have said: “We want to do away with fragmented representative bodies in the bus transportation industry and be able to speak to Government with one voice.”
Ragimane is further quoted to have said the structure will make it easier for bus operators to seize opportunities because if they are united they will have even more bargaining power.
He added that the structure will play a pivotal role in supporting, facilitating and promoting the introduction of more bus operators from previously disadvantaged communities into the economic main stream of the province through formal bussing operations.
According to Sansboc Limpopo Provincial Treasurer, Olivia Maponya the fundamental goal of the structure is: “… to establish a non-violent and intimidiation free, united, democratic, reliable and efficient bus transport industry that serves the province with a safe, clean and reliable model of transport, taking in its fold all the formations in the bus industry”.
Among the dignitaries expected to attend the conference are Premier Stan Mathabatha, Transport, Safety, Security and Liaison MEC Mapula Mokaba-Phukwana, Acting MEC of Education, Jerry Ndou as well as a delegation from the Public Transport division of the Department of Transport. Sansboc national office representatives and representatives from all nine provinces, members from all five districts as well as local municipalities and all bus operators affiliated to Sansboc are also expected. Various companies will showcase their products and services.