PASSENGER
TRANSPORT

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Unitrans Passenger (‘Unitrans’) offers a diversified passenger transport solution in southern Africa, covering commuter and personnel transport, as well as the intercity and tourism markets.

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PASSENGER
TRANSPORT

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Unitrans Passenger (‘Unitrans’) offers a diversified passenger transport solution in southern Africa, covering commuter and personnel transport, as well as the intercity and tourism markets.

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2020 HIGHLIGHTS

More than 167 revenue-earning vehicles deployed to Mozambique

More than 1.2 million passengers transported during the year

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2020 HIGHLIGHTS

More than 167 revenue-earning vehicles deployed to Mozambique

More than 1.2 million passengers transported during the year

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95.7 million
kilometres travelled per annum
1 415
vehicles

SERVICES

Intercity operations
Luxury coach operator transporting more than 1 million passengers per annum over more than 20 million kilometre
Mega Bus
Operating in the commuter and personnel markets under mid- to long-term contracts with government as well as with large corporate entities
Mega Coach
With a fleet in excess of 80 vehicles, Mega Coach is rated as one of the leading coach companies in southern Africa, servicing the corporate and tourism markets
Mega Express
Operates and manages the Gautrain feeder and distribution service
Bojanala Bus
Servicing the North West Province and catering mainly for commuters staying in the surrounding rural areas
Bapotrans
Having partnered with the Ba-Mogale Community Trust, this operator supplies the commuter service to Sibanye-Stillwater mine employees. The service makes more than 1 270 trips per day
Magic Transfers
Chauffeur-driven transport in and around Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town international airports. This exclusive service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week

23
depots

SERVICES

Intercity operations
Luxury coach operator transporting more than 1 million passengers per annum over more than 20 million kilometre
Mega Bus
Operating in the commuter and personnel markets under mid- to long-term contracts with government as well as with large corporate entities
Mega Coach
With a fleet in excess of 80 vehicles, Mega Coach is rated as one of the leading coach companies in southern Africa, servicing the corporate and tourism markets
Mega Express
Operates and manages the Gautrain feeder and distribution service
Bojanala Bus
Servicing the North West Province and catering mainly for commuters staying in the surrounding rural areas
Bapotrans
Having partnered with the Ba-Mogale Community Trust, this operator supplies the commuter service to Sibanye-Stillwater mine employees. The service makes more than 1 270 trips per day
Magic Transfers
Chauffeur-driven transport in and around Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town international airports. This exclusive service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week

95.7 million
kilometres travelled per annum
1 415
vehicles
23
depots

‘Our purpose is to unite families safely. We achieve this by being the preferred passenger transport service, differentiated by high standards of safety, reliability and affordability.’

– Nico Boshoff

‘Our purpose is to unite families safely. We achieve this by being the preferred passenger transport service, differentiated by high standards of safety, reliability and affordability.’

– Nico Boshoff

Nico Boshoff, CEO | Passenger Transport

Nico joined Unitrans Limited in 1995 after the passenger transport business owned by himself and a partner was acquired by the Unitrans group. He was appointed to the Unitrans Limited board in 2006. Nico has been instrumental in developing the passenger business and its brands and as a result has many years of experience in the passenger transport industry. He was also intimately involved in the development of the Gautrain Feeder and Distribution Project in Johannesburg, Gauteng.

The core competence and key focus of this division is our management of long-term commuter and personnel contracts for governmental and corporate organisations. Our significant fleet of buses provides a range of seating configurations according to our customers’ specific requirements. The age profile of our fleet makes the division very competitive in tendering for new work. The long-dated nature of the assets used in commuter and personnel transport also facilitates a healthy return on capital employed.

Commuter transport

Unitrans has established long-term contracts with various provincial governments to provide cost-effective, reliable and safe transport solutions to various municipalities and surrounding districts.

Our negotiated contracts make provision for the fluctuating fuel price, which is a large operational cost component and therefore offers some margin protection. In addition, routes are constantly monitored for demand. If necessary, the frequency of the service or the vehicle configuration is adjusted to match our customers’ requirements. The nature of the Unitrans fleet creates the flexibility to make these adjustments rapidly.

We manage the Gautrain bus feeder service on behalf of the Gautrain Management Agency. The division secured a 15-year contract at the inception of the Gautrain service. The Gautrain contract requires high levels of operational excellence and punctuality, which we have achieved with exceptional consistency.

Skills gained from managing this contract, and other commuter contracts, have contributed significantly to building the division’s brand as a reliable, efficient and safe service provider. We are in a competitive position to pursue additional commuter contracts as they arise.

Personnel transport

Large employers, such as the mining industry, provide transport to their workforce between their homes and their place of employment. These employees are reliant on safe, cost-effective transport solutions. Unitrans has several long-standing contracts, the oldest of which was established in 1988.

On certain contracts, and under specific circumstances, we have partnered with members of local communities in the provision of these services. The Bapotrans contract is an example of Unitrans partnering with the Ba-Mogale Community Trust to supply services to Sibanye-Stillwater employees in Rustenburg. This service makes more than 1 270 trips per day.

The recent growth in the oil and gas sector in Mozambique has created opportunities to leverage our existing infrastructure in the region and to introduce a personnel transport service offering to various customers in northern Mozambique. Unitrans has already deployed more than 167 revenue-earning vehicles to Mozambique. We believe that, as the oil and gas sector expands further and ultimately becomes fully operational in northern Mozambique, there will be an opportunity to deploy at least 100 more buses in the region.

Intercity

Unitrans provides an affordable, reliable and safe transport service to more than 1 million passengers per year, who travel between towns and cities in South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe under the Greyhound and Citiliner brands.

This is a consumer-facing business with retail sector customer interface, which is not our core competency. Unitrans therefore plans to dispose of this business in the forthcoming year.

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