As the economy improves in many African countries, more people and goods are moving about, whether to school, university, work, or shopping. Those people and goods aren’t going to get here and there without capable and reliable transportation, but fewer than ten percent of the population have the means to purchase and maintain a private automobile.
Indeed, with a continental population of over one billion people and just 65 million private automobiles, Africa is the perfect place to establish far-reaching public transportation systems. Aside from South Africa, however, public transportation systems, such as rail and municipal bus lines, do not exist. Even in places with rail and bus lines, these just aren’t extensive enough to meet the needs of the hundreds of millions in need of transportation. What a perfect explanation for the boom in private transportation collectives, many of which employ passenger and commuter vans in the Toyota HiAce series.