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Of coalitions and cartels

Of coalitions and cartels

Here’s wising our new “hybrid” metro councils luck, as they try to make up lost ground and follow through on their election promises ... and some advice for the EFF...

 
Call in the sangomas?

Call in the sangomas?

Let’s link our upcoming elections with the recent Brexit decision, and also bring public transport into the equation ...

 
Stop pouring concrete!

Stop pouring concrete!

This month we ask: what’s really needed to properly plan public transport?

 
Feasibility study? Phooey!

Feasibility study? Phooey!

A recent newspaper article has underlined an ominous situation in Gauteng. Sooner or later someone will have to intervene – and it may have to go all the way to the Constitutional Court, which has recently pronounced in favour of both the “little man” and the community at large.

   
Ah – junk status! Let’s have another conference!

Ah – junk status! Let’s have another conference!

Now that our economy has reached the brink of junk status, many observers are trying to explain how we got there and what needs to be done to turn things around. Sadly, they routinely fail to emphasise the role that bad public transport is playing.

 
How many more years do the “planners” need?

How many more years do the “planners” need?

Sifting through thousands of pages going back to 1963, one thing becomes clear – South Africa is not, and has never been, serious about public transport. If the promises made in 1993 had been acted upon then, there would have been no need for either the Gautrain or a fourth lane on the freeway.

 
How about a “tonnage guarantee”?

How about a “tonnage guarantee”?

South Africa’s famous Blue Train provides some ideas of what can be done to boost local rail transport.

   
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