Pub­lic trans­port ig­nored

Business Day - - OPINION -

Per­haps the first let­ter to the ed­i­tor of 2019 was a good omen (DA misses bus in Joburg, Jan­uary 10).

Sham­bolic pub­lic trans­port — not only in Joburg — gets very lit­tle proper anal­y­sis in the busi­ness me­dia. The pre­vi­ous day, Jan­uary 9, I pa­tiently en­dured a 35-minute tele­phone call from a mar­ket re­search com­pany con­tracted by the City of Jo­han­nes­burg. There were 50 ques­tions about roads, hous­ing, power, wa­ter, health, po­lice, etc. There was even a ques­tion “Do you know who Her­man Mashaba is?”

There was no ques­tion about pub­lic trans­port in any form.

Jo­han­nes­burg Metrobus is prob­a­bly the most un­der­per­form­ing Joburg en­tity, so I po­litely asked the in­ter­viewer to bring this omis­sion to the at­ten­tion of her em­ployer.

I hope that this let­ter will back her up.

Vaughan Mostert Fair­land

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