Of Gautrains and stations

Of Gautrains and stations

There are three guys in my office whose job it is to review the evidence - cost-benefit analyses, emissions studies, traffic analysis, urban sprawl, you name it - for a mooted east-west addition to the Gautrain network. I ride the train most days, from Jo'burg to Pretoria and back again, and much as I love [...]

O, Pretoria!

O, Pretoria!

These days I work, not in downtown Toronto, but in Pretoria, Gauteng - administrative capital of South Africa, a small city with Boer Republic roots and an African feel, a place of substantial Anglo-Dutch architecture from the nineteenth century commingled with brutalist Afrikaner buildings from the 1970s, and the litter, taxi mayhem and crumbling sidewalks [...]