Bus builders in South Africa

Companies

South Africa had a flourishing bus industry, which was partly supported by the Apartheid policies which forced people to travel from townships and homelands to work. After the end of Apartheid in 1994 the demand for buses was sharply reduced, aggravated by the taxi-wars which meant the end for many organised bus services. Many long established bus builders, most notably BUSAF, dissappeared. The trend has reversed and the market has grown. While there are still some smaller local bus builders most of the market has been taken over by foreign companies: MAN, Marcopolo, Busscar, and later MCV. A local company making a comeback is Busmark 2000.

Existing bus builders
MAN
Jay Ramdaries
Busmark 2000
MCV South Africa
IVECO South Africa

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Former bus builders
Bus Bodies -BUSAF
De Haan’s
PET
Multimech
ABC (PUTCO)
Trend (PUTCO)
Crown (PUTCO)
AAD
Eurobus
TMBB
Durabuild
ERF
Vaal
Craftsmen
Smuts
BMS
Springfield
Grant & Grantham
Mayville Bus Bodies
Commercial Bodies
Natal Motor Ind.
Heeraman Bus Bodies
Coach Tech
Buscraft
Neulux
TFM
Busco
Lighties Coach Works
Republican BB
Comaru
Strada
Minibus
Cabworld
Blanckenberg

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