Hopping off


Hopping Off

Our regular columns and sections are all contributions from leading industry figures.

February 5, 2021

Corona stuck around. So what?

Corona stuck around. So what? February 5, 2021 A meme inspired by WALL-E, the 2008 movie (American computer-animated science-fiction romance) about the lonely robot...

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March 30, 2020

Car sales figures – who cares?

We should not allow ourselves to be distracted by irrelevant statistics when it comes to private motoring For several years we have been fed...

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March 16, 2020

Will the next new word be “dryfskam”?

Stranded assets. Just transition. Sunset industry. Ten years ago these terms were almost unheard of. Now they are part of everyday conversation. A more...

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February 20, 2020

Prasa and the master plan

Now that the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) is under administration, will this affect the various transport “master plans” out there? I...

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February 20, 2020

Public transport needs lots of work

Vaughan Mostert wonders whether city councillors and municipal officials in Johannesburg and Durban have shares in the minibus-taxi industry – why else would they...

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December 4, 2019

Take the trolley to table mountain!

Across the world, very few big metropoles have attempted to realise the full potential of trolleybuses – but Cape Town could show them the...

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November 8, 2019

Greta and the professor

Over the years, through mismanagement and neglect, South Africa has allowed its public-transport services to waste away. So, what’s that got to do with...

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October 4, 2019

Lessons from the Big Apple

Columnist Vaughan Mostert has been riding around on buses in both London and New York! He has some fascinating lessons to share from his...

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September 4, 2019

Energy denial?

Worldwide, the net is slowly closing in on our wasteful use of energy. Three articles in the Business Day of June 18 underlined some...

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August 7, 2019

Let’s repeat the Mynah magic!

It seems our politicians will be using public transport in future. This is, however, not as simple as it sounds The Treasury has started...

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June 5, 2019

Advice for Bombardier

I think it’s a great idea for major suppliers of public transport equipment to express opinions on how to improve the industry, but a...

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May 9, 2019

Have we learnt anything since 2015?

How did we allow Eskom, SAA and e-tolls to get us into such a mess? We are all partly to blame for our failure...

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