Transportation in South Africa seems to be at an ease. This is due to prevailing various modes of commuting. There is the traditional commuter rail system and the new Gautrain high-speed rail between Johannesburg, Pretoria and the Oliver Tambo International Airport; there are several bus companies from subsidized and unsubsidized bus companies that cater to all the country’s citizenry, there are 16 seater minibusses that belong to taxi industry that is rapidly growing, there are private taxis owned by individuals and those owned by companies such as Uber, Bolt and other companies that may not be as well-known as they should be.
Some commuter companies serve specific industries and verticals, for example, those transport companies that service only the corporates. They provide companies with employee transportation services in Gauteng and Cape Town to ferry them from home to work or vice versa. This is mostly in government departments, big cooperates and night shift attendees including restaurant staffing.
Research however has stated that despite the available modes of transportation, South Africa is still inundated with several challenges, comprising of lack of public transport accessibility in rural areas. The whole of South Africa suffers from unsafe, unreliable, and costly transport systems that need attention and insurance put into place. There are, however, some companies that have taken note of these challenges and have used them to come up with insurance and new products that try to address these challenges. Uber and Bolt tried to curb these challenges and have won in some areas, however, the safety issue still remains quite dominant and needs close attention. Group and share transportation is better than traveling alone for security reasons. The industry should definitely look into enhancing safety features for both the drivers and commuters.