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Paul Browning

Transport Specialist

Paul is one of the most experienced public transport analysts in South Africa with considerable knowledge and experience of the industry. For the last 30 years, he has been actively involved with the South African minibus-taxi.  This includes the factors driving it and the relevant legislation. He regularly consults and advises, writes and talks about the minibus taxi industry and is a firm advocate of the formalization of the business side of the industry. Paul’s aim is to encourage and assist the taxi industry to become more formal in its approach whilst retaining the dynamism that enables it to meet commuter needs.

He began his management career in operations at British Rail, moving to bus operations in the United Kingdom. In 1989, this experience brought him to South Africa to set up the first local inter-city bus service. 

In 1987, the SA Black Taxi Association (SABTA) appointed Paul as a transport policy advisor.  He took up a similar position with the establishment of the National Taxi Council (SANTACO).  He continues to maintain close relationships with SANTACO, the National Taxi Alliance, and many individual taxi associations.

His 1990 book “Black Economic Empowerment : Shaping South African Business for the 21st Century used the taxi industry as an example of what might be achieved.

Following the 2007 publication of the national Public Transport Strategy, Paul writes widely on the question of how the informal sector taxi can and should be encouraged and assisted to become part of the formal sector, including participating in initiatives such as Integrated Public Transport Networks and public transport subsidy.

paul@transforum.co.za

Shelley Childs

Futurist

Shelley has a broad business background and an insatiable curiosity. She combines this with her computer experience, skill in critical thinking and analysis, and an interest in productivity (people + work) to talk and write about the Future World of Work.

A degree in Industrial & Organizational Psychology and Economics resulted in an initial career in Human Resource Management. Next was a stint in Retail Marketing, and then a job as a Technical Trainer on one of the first South African computer-based insurance products.  A post as an administration officer for a firm of consultant engineers using an early Apple computer led to a lifelong love affair with technology.    A varied 20-year career in computers, including as an early dealer and technical trainer problem-solver and owner of a graphics bureau, followed. In 1997 she moved to Pretoria and changed direction to consult on strategy and policy, corporate governance and effective decision making. During this time, she served as a Non-Executive Director of various Joburg Municipal Entities and Non-profit Organization.

Today, Shelley concerns herself with how we can optimise on what the future has to offer.

shelley@transforum.co.za