Elizabeth Hastings is a Managing Principal with Pegasys, based in Cape Town. She holds a JD in Law and a Master’s degree in Management and Engineering from Stanford University. Elizabeth advises on strategy, business and institutional arrangements and legal issues in relation to transport initiatives in Africa. She also leads and integrates the work of multi-disciplinary teams to support project development and implementation. She has provided specialist support to numerous initiatives that have integrated existing public transport operators, including the paratransit industry, into developing mobility systems and which have involved a corporatisation process. Elizabeth is currently the co-lead on development of business plans for Cape Town’s IPTN, and project principal on the Provincial Sustainable Transport Programme of South Africa’s Western Cape.
- June 12: Reform and integration of informal transport services in cities
Challenges and opportunities of informal transport integration in African citiesMany African cities have been planning and rolling out large transit systems as the panacea to their public transport needs. These systems are cost intensive, take many years to develop, and often have operational sustainability question marks hanging over them. Conversely, the fate of existing informal public transport industries in these cities has largely been relegated to replacement and/or subsumption into large formal systems. There are significant challenges and lost opportunities emanating from this approach – planners are not fully leveraging the informal services’ large captive market share, excellent adaptation to the operational context, and financially lean and viable nature. This paper highlights key lessons from South African (and other African) cities, demonstrating ways in which the current approach to informal transport corporatisation is not effective or efficient.