CEO Christmas Message 2015
Greetings Putco Family,
I am happy to be able to wish you and your families an eventful festive season!!.
It is that time of the year when every one wishes to have achieved all his/her targets for the year. If you feel, for whatever reason, you fell short of your ambition, use this break to recharge and come back next year rejuvenated.
2015 was a trying year for our organization. Many of you have sacrificed a lot during this time to bring about effective and positive changes to PUTCO. Your efforts have been noted and this company could not be what it is without your endless dedicated work.
If you will be travelling during this time, please take care and arrive alive to your respective destinations. The company definitely needs you in 2016.
Wishing you God’s blessing!
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.
Riding the Passenger Bus Industry into a Gender Equitable Future
The times are changing and there are bus operators who recognise that diversity in the workplace must include women in traditionally male roles. Companies such as PUTCO have pledged that their contribution to skills development and transformation, will include the championing of female empowerment within the transport sector. PUTCO’s Training Academy and Selection Centre prioritizes the selection and training of female drivers. Through the company’s professional learnership and other training programmes, 56 female drivers have been trained and are still employed by the Company over the last 15 years. This represents 3.23% of the total number of drivers currently employed. PUTCO is committed to increasing this figure the number through every learnership intake.
Participants in the professional learnership programme undergo six months of theoretical and practical training at the Training Academy, followed by another month of practical driving at the depot, moving busess inside the depot premisis. Once they are found competent on the first part of their training they commence route training under the watchful eye of mentor drivers. Once qualified, graduates operate shifts on their own.
PUTCO’s commitment to gender equality does not end there. The PUTCO apprenticeship programmes offer courses for diesel mechanics and auto electricians. Many trainees go on to qualify as Artisans after writing their trade tests. Refilwe Setlau, who was a female apprentice living with a hearing impairment, recently qualified as a professional Auto Electrician Artisan. PUTCO currently has 166 Apprentices in its training programme, 65 of these Apprentices are females.
PUTCO’s MD, Franco Pisapia, believes strongly that it is only through embracing diversity and facilitating inclusion that South Africans can shift perceptions and address stereotypes within the bus operator industry and the wider transport sector.
Mpumalanga Province Received Three New Ambulances to Bolster Response Times
Emergency response times in two Mpumalanga Municipalities have been bolstered by the arrival of three state of the art ambulances valued at more than R2 million. The donation of the three ambulances to the Mpumalanga Department of Health was provided by the Putco Foundation, a division of the PUTCO bus company.
The Dr. JS Moroka Municipality, the Thembisile Hani Municipality as well as the Kwa-Mhlanga Hospital were each provided with one ambulance to assist in the improvement of emergency response times to community members and patients respectively.
The PUTCO Foundation will continue to work with government, communities and all stakeholders to ensure that we continue to build stronger and healthier communities. In 2013, the PUTCO Foundation, in partnership with the Mpumalanga Provincial Government, spent R2.1 million in building decent houses to deserving families in Western Mpumalanga. Today we are confident that these ambulances will be indeed be utilized for effective and efficient healthcare service delivery.
The PUTCO Foundation plays an important role in shaping the lives of South Africans and contributing to the country’s skills base and other social programmes. The changing socio-economic conditions in our country have necessitated a new focus for the PUTCO CSI Foundation, to ensure that its mandate remains relevant and is in line with the company’s objectives, and it is the hope of the PUTCO Foundation that these ambulances will improve healthcare service delivery in the Mpumalanga Province.