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Failure of public transport system project

Buses for integrated public transport system in South Africa sit idle

12 April 2016 – South Africa – Access to a new resource has been added to the PM World library related to Project Failures.  The resource is titled “Public transport system failure”.

160412 - Mitchell - Public IMAGELocated in Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality, Eastern Cape, South Africa, undertook a project to purchase 60 metro buses to be integrated into the public transport system. The project started in 2008 at a cost of R2 Billion (approximately $130m).

“The purchase of 60 buses at a cost of R100 million (ZAR) has left the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality publicly embarrassed. The buses were purchased in 2009 as part of a program to refresh municipal bus service in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.  Although the fleet was used during the 2010 Soccer World Cup, they were parked as soon as the tournament was over. Six years down the line, they remain idle and gathering dust.”

“Challenges in the project have also resulted in significant turnover in key resources working on the project. Local news reporters note that from 2008 to 2013 the project has been through five different Engineering companies and four Project Managers. Such turnover compounds the problems in a project as decision-making gets reset each time a new person or organization joins the team.”

To access this new resource, go to, click on “Failed Projects”, scroll down to South Africa and click on “Public transport system failure”. Must be a registered member to access.

Posted by Gary Mitchell