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All posts by Vaughan Mostert

Vaughan Mostert lectured on public transport issues at the University of Johannesburg for nearly thirty years. Through Hopping Off, Mostert leaves readers with some food for thought as he continues his push for change in the local public transport industry.

Energy denial?

Sep 04, 2019No Comments

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

Let’s repeat the Mynah magic!

Aug 07, 2019No Comments

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

Energy Lethargy?

Jul 02, 2019No Comments

South Africa’s recent general election proved that economical transport is not high on any political party’s agenda As part of South Africa’s sluggish response to

Advice for Bombardier

Jun 05, 2019No Comments

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 recent

Have we learnt anything since 2015?

May 09, 2019No Comments

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 to

Turkeys voting for Christmas?

Apr 11, 2019No Comments

Many South Africans have said that they won’t be bothering to vote in the upcoming elections. When it comes to public transport, they have a

Houston, we have a problem

Mar 14, 2019No Comments

…and so, too, does South Africa Who would have thought that this well-known quote is now almost 49 years old? Back in April 1970, Apollo

Beware the hornet’s sting! 

Feb 14, 2019No Comments

Only a few days into the New Year, and here I am looking at bodies being carried away from the latest rail accident in Pretoria.

Metrorail meltdown

Dec 12, 2018No Comments

Prasa’s woes mean the new Minister of Transport, Blade Nzimande, has to focus on constitutionality The timing was exquisite. Slap in the middle of October

It’s tough going it alone

Oct 15, 20181 Comment

Is the concept of owner-driver inherently false? Let’s look at two articles that appeared on consecutive days (August 21/22) in Business Day. One was written