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Although Johannesburg has a bad reputation for its high rate of violent crime, there’s no place quite like it when it comes to experiencing the pulse of a city that is on the move. As economist Cees Bruggemans reflects here: whatever is happening within private bank balances, consumers are still buying new cars and developers … Read more
By Alec Hogg Will spend today in a forum on energy hosted by ENS, the largest independent legal firm on the continent (650 lawyers, 220 partners, they tell me). It promises to improve our collective knowledge base in an area most of us tended to ignore. That was until the Eskom-centred crisis hit. My pre-forum … Read more
If Gautrain ever needed an Ambassador, I’m up for it. Most days Gauteng’s underground gets me to work and home with the minimum of fuss. It’s so slick that you can set your watch by it. The one irritation has been the early close-off of the evening service from OR Tambo. That has been addressed … Read more
By Alec Hogg On Sunday, I was relieved to see Gautrain settled with its union so its service continued as normal. Like many great products, once one gets used to the underground, it becomes weaved into life. I often say a little prayer of thanks to those who had the foresight to invest in this … Read more
By Alec Hogg We’ve just returned after a few days in Cape Town, long overdue as is any visit to the Mother City. The Cape Winter gets a terribly unfair Press: we had brilliant sunshine all five days. Also on the upside, eateries frequented by locals are as good as ever, including a wonderful discovery … Read more
Something remarkable is happening in our country. Below the surface, away from the headlines, people are just getting on with it. Making a plan, bending a rule, finding a way. The official statistics have always been, at best, blunt instruments. But now they appear to be completely missing what is there for all to observe. … Read more
Gautrain has changed many lives. For a growing number of Gautengers, the 160km/h service has become their preferred mode of transport to and from work. As we heard in this interview with Gautrain’s Errol Braithwaite, volumes are running 27% higher than a year ago. But niggles remain. Especially on the route between Sandton and the … Read more