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Hopping Off

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

The parable of the China dolls

Sep 12, 2018No Comments

Here’s a parable that helps to explain how transport in all its forms is actually letting down the South African economy In addition to all

Of batteries, buses and boardroom buddies

Aug 15, 2018No Comments

Have electric buses gone backwards? A recent controversy involving a potential MyCiTi supplier might suggest so In January the City of Cape Town suspended its

Let’s save five billion litres!

Jul 09, 2018No Comments

How much higher will the fuel price have to go before someone starts saying enough is enough? R20 a litre? R30?   The days are

Bye-bye, bus industry! 

Jun 18, 2018No Comments

All that a strike in the bus industry will achieve is to sustain its slow implosion. Last month’s column welcomed the fact that civil society

Advice for Solidarity

May 09, 2018No Comments

Just about every subsidised public transport organisation in South Africa could be regarded as insolvent. If government and municipal subsidies were turned off, and taxpayer-funded

Now Is Your Chance, Comrade Blade!

Apr 10, 2018No Comments

I’d speculate that at no time since 1910 has the post of minister of transport been filled by anyone seriously committed to making transport work

Today, water … tomorrow, oil?

Mar 15, 2018No Comments

Cape Town’s water crisis and the cost of oil have more in common than you’d expect… Up to now, many people (including myself) have been

Advice for Elon Musk

Feb 27, 2018No Comments

Transport is fast becoming more of a burden to the economy than an enabler. As we go through the annual task of counting the bodies

Coming to a pole near you?

Feb 01, 2018No Comments

This is the 50th Hopping Off column and I remain humbly aware that I have repeated myself several times by now. So, forgive me if