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Africa – a new experience

Following Unitrans across South African borders to facilitate effective implementation of passenger transport services has proven successful.

In August 2013, Unitrans Passenger tendered and was awarded the personnel transport contract for Vale Mining in Mozambique’s Tete province. The tender was conducted through an online bidding process, hosted by an independent firm based in Portugal, a first of its kind for the Unitrans Passenger team.

The contract implementation process included the building of the required vehicles, staff recruitment
and training, induction at the mine and setting up of a depot in Tete.

The division prioritised the employment of Mozambican citizens from the greater Tete area, and the contract now employs 148 people. All staff received training and development specific to their duties and, where necessary, received specialised training in South Africa to ensure that required performance levels are met
and sustained. In addition, all staff had to undergo the mine’s induction course and medical assessments.

Operations commenced in August 2014 with 34 buses, and Unitrans Passenger now operates a fleet
of 54 buses in Tete, moving approximately 1 500 people in and out of the mine daily, travelling on average approximately 49 000 km per week with a consistent on-time arrival performance of 98%.

Through its dedication to service delivery, consistency and track-record, Unitrans Passenger was also awarded further contracts – to supply drivers and supervisory staff to manage the fl eet of buses owned by Vale Mining, and a six-bus contract in the port city of Beira. Operations in Beira commenced on 4 July 2015.

  • 194 staff employed at the Unitrans Passenger operations in Mozambique
  • Operating from depots in Tete and Beira
  • Adherence to the mine’s strict health and safety requirements

STRATEGIC DRIVERS

High barriers to entry

Leveraging our African base

IMPLEMENTATION

Investment in vehicles with low level of diagnostic requirements to reduce downtime and improve operational efficiencies. Local personnel employed.

BENEFITS

Expansion of our African footprint resulting in brand awareness to potential new customers.

RESULTS

Additional vehicles added to existing fleet.

New contract to supply drivers and supervision for customer vehicles.

Extend services to client with additional new contract secured in the port city of Beira.

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