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Of Rhodes and rails!

Of Rhodes and rails!

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.

 
The story of the two “Gs”

The story of the two “Gs”

Let’s talk about two “Gs” this month. They are Go!George and the Gautrain. Both of them have crucial implications for public transport in South Africa.

 
Catalytic – or paralytic?

Catalytic – or paralytic?

History has shown that in the past the City of Johannesburg was enthusiastic about advice given to it regarding public transport. So why the decline? And when will we see action again?

 
Worth the paper it’s printed on?

Worth the paper it’s printed on?

What may come of the e-toll report?

   
More conspiracy theories?

More conspiracy theories?

What do construction lobbyists, economists and transport planners have in common?

 
My Christmas wish list

My Christmas wish list

As we all wind down for the year-end break, we must remain ever “razor-sharp” as 2015 rolls around

 
Some thoughts for 2015!

Some thoughts for 2015!

By the time you read this, the e-toll review committee should have released its report. As this column has tediously repeated up to now, there is no easy way out at this stage. Contracts have been signed, money has been spent and loans must now be repaid. So let’s use the Christmas break to reflect on how we got into this state and to start thinking about damage control in the future.

   
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