Atteridgeville Bus Service was established in October 1988 when the National Department of Transport has implemented the first tender for contract services pilot project which was awarded to Transport Resources Management (Soc) Ltd trading as Atteridgeville Bus Service. Transport Resource Management was at that stage a subsidiary of Bophuthatswana Transport Holdings (Soc) Ltd which name changed later to North West Star.
ABS Board Members
After the Judicial Management Order was lifted by the Master of the High Court on the 26th August 2009 and the company handed back to its shareholder – The NORTH WEST PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT - a new Board of Directors was appointed comprising of the following members;
Mr T Gwabeni (Chairperson), Mr IM Motala (Non-Executive Director), Mrs JM Brown (Non-Executive Director), Ms ME Dladla
The company’s name was changed to Atteridgeville Bus Service (Soc) Ltd during May 1994 when the tender for contract to provide public passenger transport services to the residents of Atteridgeville/Saulsville Suburb was again awarded through the National Governments tender process to the NTI Group of Companies.
In April 1996 the tender for contracts to provide passenger transport services between Atteridgeville and surrounding areas in the Greater Pretoria Metropolitan Council (City of Tshwane) was again awarded to Atteridgeville Bus Service for a five year period ending February 2001. Since then the ABS contracts were operated on a month to month basis for the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport due to no new tenders were published and adjudicated.
The tendered contracts that exist between Atteridgeville Bus Service (Soc) Ltd and Gauteng Provincial Government represented by the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport for the provision of passenger transport services are as follows:
- Contract D28: Provision of PassengerTransport Services between Atteridgeville/Saulsville and Pretoria CBD.
- Contract D29: Provision of Passengers Transport Services between Atteridgeville/Saulsville and Western and North Western Areas of the Greater Pretoria.
- Contract D30: Provision of PassengersTransport Services between Atterdigeville/Saulsville and Centurion, Midrand and Menlyn.
Currently ABS operates 123 buses, transporting cumulatively 4,2 million passengers over 5,1 million kilometers per annum and employs 241 employees.
ABS Depot Facility
The Pretoria West facility of North West Star (Soc) Ltd host all the management and operations of ABS inclusive of vehicle maintenance, bus washing, vehicle inspection, fuelling, scheduling, despatching, ticket and fare collection, administration, financial and other related activities.
The areas and routes that ABS covers in their contractual agreement can be divided into three different areas covering routes on a predetermined time table prescribed by the Gauteng Department of Transport.
Contract D28: Provision of PassengerTransport Services between Atteridgeville/Saulsville and Pretoria CBD (Callies and Callies Terminus).
Contract D29: Provision of Passengers Transport Services between Atteridgeville/Saulsville and Western and North Western Areas (Mahem, Wonderpark
and surrounding areas) of the Greater Pretoria Area (City of Tshwane).
Contract D30: Provision of PassengersTransport Services between Atterdigeville/Saulsville and Centurion, Midrand and Menlyn.