Thursday, 19 July 2012
One of the things I did while I was visiting in Pretoria a few weeks ago was to ride on the high speed suburban, Gautrain. (the name is an abbreviation of Gauteng Province, Gauteng means place of gold).
What struck me about this train and it's stations was the absolute cleanliness as apposed to the normal dirt one finds on the average African station and trains. Another thing was the teams of security guards patrolling the strain and the stations. When I asked the friend who was travelling with me, "What's with all the security," he told me they were mainly there to prevent littering, and all the things forbidden on the train the most "verboten", was chewing gum. At the time I thought he was pulling my leg. This morning while paging through "The Witness", one of KZN's news papers, (also one of the oldest in the country) I came across this cartoon strip, "Madam & Eve".
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The cartoon "Madam & Eve", appears in most English language newspapers in the country. The cartoon is a spoof on the relationship between a domestic, "Eve", and her employer, "Madam". In this strip Eve is on one of the Gautrain station platforms chewing gum, with the inevitable results.
The train pulling into Hatfield station. Just in the left of the photo the friend who was travelling with me.
Below is the link to my post about the Gautrain.