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PUTCO was founded in 1945 and is South Africa’s oldest and largest bus company transporting more than 350 000 passengers per day.  The company operates in Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Limpopo. PUTCO operates a fleet of about 1 800 buses, has over 2 000 drivers of which more than 50 are women. PUTCO travels about 90 million kilometres a year and carries more than 70 million passengers a year.


Passenger Notice - Protected National Bus Industry Strike

Labour Unions representing workers at the South African Road Passenger Bargaining Council (SARPBAC) have given notice to Employer Organisations in the Bus Industry of an intended national wage strike to commence on the morning of Wednesday, 12 April 2017. Updates to follow.

Putco regrets to inform its passengers that the intended strike is beyond the control of Putco as a company and that there is expected to be disruption of the bus service from the date mentioned until the strike is called off by Unions.

Passengers with printed tickets and tag trip receipts are advised to keep such tickets/receipts until the bus service and ticket sales are resumed. All passengers who lost trips due to buses not operating during the strike and who keep and submit proof of expired tickets/trips, will receive a pro-rata discount at their next ticket purchase as soon as the strike is called off.

Enquiries contact details: 083 919 4287

10 April 2017

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PUTCO to Deploy 200 New Generation Buses into its Fleet

PUTCO will deploy 200 new generation buses into its fleet in the Soweto, Tshwane and Mpumalanga as well as Soshanguve Routes. The buses will have new liveries for each contract. In the recent past we have been observing a wide range of negative media reports and statements from various officials and commuter forums. These reports and statements are a direct unintended consequence of the underfunding of Public Transport Services by the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport since 2011, which has affected service delivery. The said underfunding has negatively impacted on the bus replacement programme of PUTCO.

Time Schedule and Fare Structure Greater Soweto June 2016 - June 2017

Dear Customer,

Click here to view the Time schedule and the fare structure of IC 48, Greater Soweto June 2016 - June 2017

PUTCO Driving Women Empowerment

Transport plays a significant role in the growth and development of any country. In addition to its economic contribution, transport is critical to upward social mobility, broadening access to health care, education, employment, and promotes social cohesion. Diversity within the transport industry is just as critical to sustainability and growth.

When it comes to the commuter bus service industry, a major barrier to entry has been the perception that driving a bus is a male profession. This, more than any other factor, has worked to entrench a preference for male drivers and has discouraged female interest in the profession.

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Mr. Pisapia was appointed as Managing Director, MD in September 2004. Pisapia is a director of Carleo Entreprise Limited and Carleo Investment Limited.The Public Utility Transport Corporation (PUTCO) was established in 1945 after the dramatic bus strike of 1944. It was run by visionary men like Tom Frith and Jack Barregar until it was renamed PUTCO in the 70’s;.

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