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Football fever!

Football fever!

While many FOCUS readers will be able to watch World Cup matches live at stadiums, the event is not quite as accessible to the millions of South Africans in outlying areas who cannot necessarily share in the hype and buzz of the event. The People’s Bus aims to change that. CHARLEEN CLARKE dons her football jersey, grabs a vuvuzela and has a blast...

 
Getting on board the Bafana Bafana bus

Getting on board the Bafana Bafana bus

Although not an official transport partner of the FIFA World Cup, Mercedes-Benz South Africa is a sponsor of Bafana Bafana – and determined to get South Africa behind our national team.

 
The non-stick trolleybus

The non-stick trolleybus

Back in the days when trolleybuses were a familiar sight in South African cities, everyone dreaded the words “power failure”. Any interruption in the supply of electricity would bring the whole network to a standstill.

 
MBSA and Autopax prepare for 2010

MBSA and Autopax prepare for 2010

Towards the end of 2009, Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) signed a contract with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) that will see the vehicle manufacturer deliver 460 luxury coaches in preparation for the 2010 Soccer World Cup. FOCUS attended the signing.

   
Bumping buses

Bumping buses

I recently experienced a close encounter with a Metrobus – so close, in fact, that the rear panels of my trusty Suzuki Swift were almost completely demolished. Personal transport woes aside, however, as we gear up for the 2010 FIFA World Cup the spotlight continues to fall on public transport. While improvements to the network are to be applauded, can we afford to pay the price of fleets of buses and coaches manned largely by undisciplined drivers, asks NADINE VON MOLTKE?

 
A Scania success story

A Scania success story

Scania has won a prominent position in select bus and coach markets across the globe, including South America, Europe and the Far East. The manufacturer’s phenomenal local successes are largely responsible for Southern Africa rapidly becoming another of Scania’s key markets.

 
MAN about town

MAN about town

The MAN lion is a familiar public transport badge in cities around the world, attesting to the solid reputation MAN has built as a leading commuter-bus manufacturer. A recent landmark deal with Metro Group’s KZT Bus Services confirms MAN’s ongoing dominance of the local market.

   
The great divide

The great divide

In South Africa, 2009 was undoubtedly the year of the bus. Nevertheless, although the devastating sales figures experienced by the rest of the commercial transport industry hardly touched the bus and coach sector, there are still a number of road blocks that could impact negatively on future sales. NADINE VON MOLTKE examines the state of local public transport.

 
Striving for comfort and efficiency

Striving for comfort and efficiency

As we gear up for 2010, FRANK BEETON offers a brief overview of developments in the global bus market.

 
Seeing red

Seeing red

FOCUS readers are in for a treat! Our newly appointed UK correspondent, SHAUN CONNORS, is travelling up a storm, taking to the wheel of a weird and wonderful assortment of vehicles, especially for our reading pleasure. He starts out with an icon, the Routemaster bus, a vehicle better known to South Africans as the “London bus”.

   

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