South Africans are dependent on public transport. Of the 35 million daily motorised person trips recorded in South Africa (NHTS, 2003), over 60% are by public transport with 2 million daily passenger trips by rail, 4 million by bus and around 15 million by minibus taxi. While rail and bus services are extensively subsidised, non-subsidised minibus taxi services account for over 70% of all public transport trips.
This dependence on public transport is not new. Until the boom in private …. read more
It is well-known that the financial crisis over the past 5 years has posed serious challenges to the already difficult task of national growth and development. But what is perhaps less well-known is that water and food supply crises, and energy and agricultural price volatility, together with climate change, have been identified by the World Economic Forum as risks that are most likely to have the greatest impact on economic and environmental resilience over the next 10 years.
Globally there …. read more