Based primarily on a focus group made up of representative voices of women in the transport sector value chain, the paper records progress and challenges in the sector to maximise the participation of women in the value chain, particularly in business. The findings are especially relevant for the implementation of preferential procurement policy and regulations. It is found that while much progress has been made in the procurement legislation, the participation of women in the transport sector value chain is far from mature. Reasons for this include diluted commitment by institution in both the public and private sectors, especially the private sector, to empowerment ideals. Furthermore, progress is not systematically measured and reported and therefore corrective measures are not readily identifiable. The absence of a critical mass of success stories also dampens traction. A comprehensive transport sector value chain mapping is seen as critical to help identify and unlock opportunities. Organisational skills of non-governmental organisations representing women also require strengthening in order for these organisations to prepare and mobilise the transport sector for much needed change.
Papers Presented at the 2018 37th Southern African Transport Conference 9-12 July 2018 Pretoria, South Africa. Theme "Towards a desired transport future: safe, sufficient and affordable".