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HLOKOMELA SANTACO has observed with serious concern the carnage on the road in which in most cases Taxis are involved. SANTACO as the representative body of the Taxi Industry has therefore decided to take the initiative, in line with the TR3 2020 and find solutions to this problem. Hlokomela is therefore a response from SANTACO and the Taxi Industry to try to reduce and eliminate unnecessary road accident which could have been prevented had operators and drivers been more careful in checking their vehicles and adhered to the speed limit on the road. We believe our involvement will have a major effect in sending a clearer message that the Industry itself is concerned and will not tolerate negligent and careless behaviour from our operators and drivers.

SANTACO therefore believes that Road Safety should not only be the concern of the Traffic Official but also the Taxi Industry and all motorists at large. Operation Hlokomela represents the Taxi Industry’s concern and care for the safety of the passengers, pedestrians, and the community at large

HLOKOMELA OBJECTIVES

  • To reduce the road accidents through checking and monitoring of Taxi vehicles at different check points.

  • To give the commuters confidence of the commitment to provide the best service which is safe, efficient, reliable and affordable.

  • To provide a support mechanism for drivers in case they have challenges during the journey.

  • To work hand in hand with traffic official to promote road safety and to eliminate bad elements and improper conduct from our Taxi drivers and operators.

  • To create a mechanism to receive and also to provide feedback to the commuter on their experience of the journey and the conduct of drivers especially in long distance route.

  • To establish a culture of compliance to road safety and compliance to the traffic laws especially the speed limit.

  • To create a feedback system to the drivers and operators so that good behaviour can be rewarded and to discourage behaviour through naming and shaming and other punitive measures

SANTACO therefore believes that Road Safety should not only be the concern of the Traffic Official but also the Taxi Industry and all motorists at large. Operation Hlokomela represents the Taxi Industry’s concern and care for the safety of the passengers, pedestrians, and the community at large

HLOKOMELA OBJECTIVES

  • To reduce the road accidents through checking and monitoring of Taxi vehicles at different check points.

  • To give the commuters confidence of the commitment to provide the best service which is safe, efficient, reliable and affordable.

  • To provide a support mechanism for drivers in case they have challenges during the journey.

  • To work hand in hand with traffic official to promote road safety and to eliminate bad elements and improper conduct from our Taxi drivers and operators.

  • To create a mechanism to receive and also to provide feedback to the commuter on their experience of the journey and the conduct of drivers especially in long distance route.

  • To establish a culture of compliance to road safety and compliance to the traffic laws especially the speed limit.

  • To create a feedback system to the drivers and operators so that good behaviour can be rewarded and to discourage behaviour through naming and shaming and other punitive measures

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As profoundly articulated in the National Skills Development Strategy (NSDS III), the single greatest contributors to poverty are unemployment and low paid work.  Government’s position is clear: the new development and growth path for South Africa requires the participation of all economically active South Africans in productive activity. The policy levers to achieve faster growth, higher employment and reduced levels of poverty include skills development which must assist the formal private sector growth, labour-intensive industries, infrastructure investment, public service delivery and rural development.

Quality education and training is needed at all levels.

The transport sector is a key demand-driven input sector that has been identified by all economic policy trajectories as one of the drivers of economic growth.  The sector has important spill-over effects that affect the entire economy.  An improvement in transport decreases the input costs of industry, which in turn improves production costs and reduces inflationary pressures.

Academy Mission and Objectives

MISSION

To provide high quality training to the transport sector that is affordable, relevant, student- and sector-centred and contributes to the total development of individuals through:

  • Optimal utilisation of resources

  • Aynamic modes of delivery

  • Appropriately skilled/sourced staff

  • Aggressive research and development into appropriate programs

Integrated professional development of target students.

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES

The following strategic objectives have been defined for the academy:

  • To provide a platform for the advancement of critical skills within the taxi industry and the broader transport sector thereby facilitating the achievement of the objectives of the NSDS III.

  • To develop a pool of resources and personnel that is competent and professional in executing their functions.

  • To improve service delivery and create a customer-orientated service within the transport industry.

  • To strengthen the implementation of the Department of Transport and TR3 2020 strategies and ensure that their intended outcomes are achieved.

  • To provide the basis for empowerment and sustainability within the public transport industry and the taxi industry, in particular.

  • To improve and deepen the level of understanding and capacity for policy, business and operational procedures.

  • To create employment opportunities for various segments of the community within the transport industry, especially women.

  • To support the implementation of the EMS and improve the usage of IT systems within all operations in the industry.

  • To fast track delivery of an efficient and an integrated transport system in the country.

 

OPERATIONAL OBJECTIVES

Increased Program and Course Registration

  • To educate and train all the targeted participants from the transport sector and that have been identified as potentially benefiting from the programs offered by the academy.

  • To ensure that the programs offered by the academy meets the occupational training and capacitation needs of the broader transport sector and the taxi industry in particular.

  • To ensure that the existing and potential direct and indirect academy clients perceive the academy to be the first-choice institution and a centre of excellence by ensuring that they are acquainted with the range of programs and course offerings, participant successes and potential value-added services available at the academy.

  • To enjoy longstanding and mutually beneficial relations and partnerships with the broader social and economic community of the academy that convert into increased trainees and programs delegates, funding, Employment opportunities and individual manager and employee performance.

  • To establish and maintain first rate, technologically advanced and safe learning and recreational facilities on training sites utilised and owned by the academy that foster a welcoming and stimulating learning environment.