A recent visit to Great Britain’s capital city revealed that even a country with such an illustrious public transport past can sometimes miss the mark.
Back in 1961, South African songwriter Jeremy Taylor put together a ditty called Ag Pleez Deddy, which became a local hit – outselling Elvis Presley in that year, we are told. Many of us “oldies” will remember the catchy tune, and with some up-dated lyrics it has strong implications for public transport …
In July, this column warned of problems ahead with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (Prasa’s) plans to buy 7 224 new coaches. If the hoo-ha around the public protector’s report, dodgy contracts, oversized locomotives and bogus qualifications are anything to go by, the future has already arrived.
Last month we pointed to the mysterious disappearance of Appendix F from the website of the Gauteng 25-year transport plan. It was criticised in the March issue of this column, so I’d like to think that there is some connection!
What does Argentinian football legend Diego Maradona have in common with transport union SATAWU? Maradona wanted Sepp Blatter out, while SATAWU wants the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) board out
Last month I made some suggestions for the Gautrain. A further development has been the withdrawal, due to lacking support, of the Nasrec Business Express (launched with much fanfare in October 2014). Taking into account current issues – such as the toppling of Rhodes’ statue, xenophobia and colonialism – we need to take a broader look at the current role of railways throughout Africa.
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