ECTTC in full swing to transform the taxi and bus industry
At the launch of the 2020 Transport month, Minister of Transport, Mr Fikile Mbalula, announced that the focus of this year would be the formalisation of the taxi industry.
The Eastern Cape province is leading the way in the transformation agenda through the formation of primary and secondary co-operatives.
The Eastern Cape Transport Tertiary Co-operative Limited (ECTTC), a 100 % black-owned and operated taxi, van, and bus co-operative, is blazing the trail of the public transport transformation program.
The ECTTC, Provincial Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEDEAT), and the National Treasury (Corporate Bank Development Agency) embarked on an information-sharing campaign to the elected leadership of these co-ops which kicked off at the ECTTC offices on October 6.
Throughout the month, roadshows took place in the province with information sessions providing clarity on how this initiative would be structured and what the benefits would be to the industry.
In a press statement issued, Phumla Mohale, Communications and Marketing Director at ECTTC stated Cashless Fair systems are also in discussion, to catapult the business into the 21st century, to ensure safer travel, adequate financial reporting, and more efficient management of drivers, vehicles, and commuters.
Not only do these roadshows aim to educate but to also consult with the representatives of the various taxi and bus associations, on what they would like to see going forward with all the developments on the cards for the industry.
The ECTTC is proud to introduce all these innovations to an industry that carries the economy of the country through the 15 million daily trips nationally according to the Competition Commission.
Currently, the Eastern Cape Transport Tertiary Co-operative is comprised of 164 active primary co-operatives and 11 secondary co-operatives from across the province.