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By unknown | Oct 07, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

The government is coming up with plans to fine-tune our transport system before 2010.

The government is coming up with plans to fine-tune our transport system before 2010.

Many people were sceptical about the benefits the soccer World Cup would have for ordinary people. They said it was an exercise for the new fat cats to get even fatter.

They said the usual suspects and the politicians would acquire the BEE shares of the Cup. I do not know much about finance and cannot comment, but a few good things are beginning to trickle down to us.

The government has to spruce up the country for the tourists. The most pressing item on the agenda after the stadiums is transport.

Bafana Bafana has been outsourced to the Brazilians so the team is no longer anyone's business. It seems that Bafana's prowess on the field is no longer important because they have automatic entry to the tournament.

Transportation and the state of the roads are on everyone's lips.

Several plans have been announced and others are being fine-tuned so that the football tourists can have a jolly old time in our country.

Roads and traffic hubs are being looked at and ways devised to improve them. The Gautrain is coming along smartly and should be in operation months before kick off.

The train has opened up a new career path for young people who are being trained to drive this fast carrier.

Luckily we are going to the polls next year. This means that the government will really work hard to win our votes. Projects that take five years will miraculously be completed just before the elections. People should take part so that we can milk this cow for all it is worth.

But while this is going on no solution has been found for the ongoing taxi disputes. Last week five readers called in to complain about the new threat to their safety.

The taximen have begun patrolling routes to discourage poachers. They are aggressive and frighten the passengers.

One reader said the monitors were rude, had weapons and did not care that commuters were on their way to work. When told this, the men apparently threatened to beat up the complainers.

Another reader said these route fights are common in the lead-up to the festive season. Taxi drivers and owners want to make sure that they get huge profits before the slump in January.

A man told me that their taxi was held up on the side of the road for a good 20 minutes while their driver was threatened with a beating.

The taxi got going only after the driver had paid a "fine" for picking up passengers in the "wrong place".

Passengers arrive late at work. This causes stress as most managers think a productive worker is one who arrives early at work.

I know one driver who drives over the speed limit because, he claims, if his passengers are late they will face a disciplinary committee.

He says that his speeding eliminates one stress factor.


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