NWS Company Profile
Northwest Star (Soc) Ltd (NWS), is a subsidiary of Northwest Transport Investments (Soc) Ltd (NTI) which is a parastatal company of the North West Provincial Government. The North West Provincial Government is the sole shareholder of NTI. Northwest Star (Soc) Ltd (NWS) was the primary source of transport in the North West Province since its inception, providing transport service also in Limpopo, Mpumalanga and Gauteng Provinces to thousands of commuters (monthly) with a fleet of 640 buses. Northwest Star (Soc) Ltd is widely regarded as one of the premier transport operators on the African continent.
The operations of the company started in 1973 under the then BIC and CED and the company was established in 1986 and has had several name changes. With the promulgation of new Provinces after the 1994 elections, the company’s name changed to Northwest Star (Soc) Ltd.
The current Northwest Star (Soc) Ltd Company structure is depicted as follows:
The Company is managed through a decentralized management system and head office is responsible for the execution of inter alia the strategic direction and plans of the group, risk action plans, policy and procedures, control and profitability and day to day running of the business of the group. The disciplines vested at Head Office consist of Operations, Finance, Technical, Human Resources and Corporate Services inclusive of security disciplines, business intelligence, research and development, reengineering of business processes. Comprehensive management information systems in all disciplines are in place to monitor the decentralized business activities of the group on a daily basis.
All fixed assets i.e. infrastructure is vested in NTI. All other assets are owned by NWS.
The head office structure includes experts in all transport related disciplines and includes a dedicated internal audit department managed on an outsourced basis.
Executive management reports to a Board of Directors appointed by the shareholder in line with the companies act and encompass an Audit Committee and a Procurement Committee. The Audit Committee is chaired by an independent Chairman consisting of nominated non executive Board Members. The Procurement Committee consists of non executive directors, executive management and labour representatives.
SHARED SERVICE CENTRE
A shared service centre under the auspices of the Executive Finance was established during October 2000 to optimise productivity and centralize administration and human resources function. This centre is divided into three sections, namely: administration, human resources and information technology. Shared Service Centre consists of a total of 21 employees.
Northwest Star Operating centres
These centres are ideally located to serve our passengers to their best interest and for easy access to communicate transport needs and requirements on an ongoing basis.
Northwest Star (Soc) Ltd provides a network of public transport services to commuters, linking the North West Province and Mpumalanga to the City of Tshwane, Ekurhuleni and Midrand. Mainly these services are operated in terms of a contract with the department of transport in which a substantial portion of our passenger’s fare is being subsidized by government.
Apart from providing transport services to our working passengers and school children, off peak services are also provided to shoppers, and transport destinations that include services to hospitals, clinics, pensioner pay points etc.
SERVICES AND EMPLOYMENT
NWS offers employment for over 1 904 people and employees working from/on these centres have access to offered medical centres, cafeteria, sleeping quarters and restroom facilities.
These operating centres maintenance the fleet through:
- Provide Bus Washing Facilities
- Providing Re-Fueling Stations
- Bus Service centres
- Central Command Point
- Private Hire
Private Hire (Touring and Social) transport services are also provided to organised groups in our community to any required destination. Such services in the past include destinations such as Polokwane, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique and many others. To make use of these services you are welcome to contact any of our Operating centres for a quotation.
Batswana Gare Transport situated at Mabopane Industrial Area - operates a fleet of 235 buses, transporting cumulatively 10,2 million passengers over 12.5 million kilometers per annum,Bothlaba Tswana Transport consists of depots situated at Babelegi Industrial Area, Waltloo Industrial Area and Pretoria West Industrial Area – operates a fleet of 289 buses, transporting cumulatively 13,1 million passengers over 17,1 million kilometers per annum.
The Pretoria West facility is providing maintenance, administrative, operational, bus cleaning and fuel and lubrication services and also host Atteridgeville Bus Service(Soc) Ltd which provides passenger Transport Service to Atteridgeville Township in terms of a contract with the Department of Transport. ABS operates that operates 116 buses, transporting cumulatively 4,2 million passengers over 5,1 million kilometers per annum.
The passenger transport services operated by Northwest Star (Soc) Ltd are currently performed in accordance with interim transport contracts with the Gauteng Department of Transport. The passenger transport services operated by Atteridgeville Bus Service (Soc) Ltd are currently performed in accordance with a tendered contract service with Gautrans.
The management teams of these centres consist of an Operating Centre Manager and four departmental heads, namely: operations, technical, financial and human resources and include, inter alia, a comprehensive security discipline under the auspices of the administration department.