Pretoria Gautrain takes off

2011-08-02 08:05

Johannesburg - The Gautrain opened its much anticipated Rosebank to Pretoria route on Tuesday morning.

Premier Nomvula Mokonyane and roads and Transport MEC Ismail Vadi were expected to travel from Hatfield station in Pretoria to Sandton station in Johannesburg later in the day.

Sandton station was busy filling up with journalists and photographers, who would depart to Hatfield to join Mokanyane and Vadi.

The train with the premier was scheduled to depart from Hatfield station at 08:26 and arrive in Sandton at 09:08.

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  • 1boer1taxi - 2011-08-02 08:09

    its quicker to drive.

      50something - 2011-08-02 08:12

      Maybe if you are in a coffin taxi, but this time of the morning, you can't beat this time

      Bellakanoose - 2011-08-02 09:00

      What an idiot comment! We know that's you Eric Miyeni!

      Bellakanoose - 2011-08-02 09:01

      What an idiot comment! We know that's you Eric Miyeni!

      Lions Man - 2011-08-02 09:01


      Unskinny Bob - 2011-08-02 09:10

      No f***ing way is it faster to drive. Reality: 1boer1taxi. 1boer1taxi: Reality.

      Lanfear - 2011-08-02 10:44

      Obviously you don't experience Gauteng traffic in the mornings, especially the N1 south!

      Werner Lubbe - 2011-08-02 11:38

      No it aint.

  • Willem - 2011-08-02 08:12

    I took the train from Centurion to Rosebank today and it was awesome, look forward to taking it everyday, it takes about the same amount of time as driving, but on the train I can relax and catch up on my reading, and once there is a accident on the highway, the train is much much faster.

      Muzi - 2011-08-02 08:35

      Thanks God for people like you Willem. - 2011-08-02 08:59

      It's also much better for the roads and the environment!

      PaulduPlessi - 2011-08-02 11:59

      Took the train from Rosebank to Pretoria this morning. 80minutes from leaving my house until I walked into my office. On a great day this trip by car takes 60 - 75 minutes. On a bad day 90minutes or more. Plus, the train is much much cheaper. I also had a pleasant chat on the train with my fellow passengers, and the two blocks walk to the office from the bus station did me good.

      gertie - 2011-08-02 15:52

      Loved it this morning - agreed +/- same time on a good day, but quicker on a bad day. AA-run rate R1.66/km (no purchase cost)for 2L car. 37km one way Centurion / Rosebank = R61. The fastest I've done it 5:45 in the morning was 48min - can easily be 1:30 at 7:00. Train ticket and bus on either side = R42. Took 70minutes as I just missed the bus and just missed the train (worst case) 50min best case.

  • CoExist - 2011-08-02 08:15

    1 boer1taxi are you an idiot how long will it take you to drive from Hatfield to Sandton at 8:26 in the morning?

      Lions Man - 2011-08-02 09:02


      masamune - 2011-08-02 09:23

      it takes me 30min

  • Nawe - 2011-08-02 08:20

    Thought the ANC led government was not doing a great job. Guess i was wrong!

      Bloedrivier - 2011-08-02 08:42

      Oh really, how is this train benefiting the poor? And building a multi-billion project like this in 17 years of ANC government, whoopetiefckwhoo, hope they can now sort out.......(deep breath),medical, infrastructure, ESKOM, TELKOM,DENEL, SAA, SPOORNET, corruption, crime, SAPS, SANDF, food security, illegal immigrants, unemployment...etc. Things that ACTUALLY make a difference. This was only done because its basically a fact that some money passed underneath the table, a definite pre-requisite when doing projects in the ANC led regime.

      Borris - 2011-08-02 08:47

      You sound like a politician 1boer.

      Muzi - 2011-08-02 09:05

      The million security guards in the train are the poor to start with. When people with money start to save on fuel (which goes mainly to arab countries), they will have extra money to save (enable banks to land more money to businesses for investment which will create more jobs for the poor), they will spend more money on consumer goods are manufactured by the poor (tiger brands, music, cell phone, tourism, etc).

      Champion - 2011-08-02 10:01

      Good point Nawe... Have to give credit where it is due... As for Danie's stupid comment about the planners and engineers - who cares, it's not a competition between races, we're all in this together...

  • Darter - 2011-08-02 08:22

    Love seeing the train zoom past stationary cars on the highway....wonder what those people must be thinking

      Lebo - 2011-08-02 09:02

      They must have been thinking: "Is that a bird, is it a, it's the Gautrain"!

      kovilen.reddy - 2011-08-02 13:18

      Lmao, "is it a bird, is it a PLANE, NO!!!!~! ....... its the GAUTRAIN!!!!!"/ LMAO

      Bellakanoose - 2011-08-02 14:23

      Nice one Lebo :D

      Bellakanoose - 2011-08-02 14:23

      Nice one Lebo :D

  • casbah - 2011-08-02 08:24

    i didnt like the fact that the attendant in PTa lied saying there will be a bus from Rosebank to JHB, and there was None, i had to take a cab

      50something - 2011-08-02 08:41

      Not a lie, it was officially announced, maybe check with Rosebank station?

  • SirMark - 2011-08-02 08:32

    the Gautrain has wings ???

      Muzi - 2011-08-02 08:40

      Right wings???

  • Tizil - 2011-08-02 08:39

    @1boer1taxi: Just to answer your question about:"How blacks are going to catch the train" Black people will catch the train just like any other “race” would catch the train. Whoever can afford to use the train and find it more convenient can use the train. Stop exposing your limited capacity to think. You cannot be asking such a stupid narrow minded question like that in this day and age. There is no reason to turn this forum into something else. Please!!!!

      Lions Man - 2011-08-02 09:00

      Tizil he is a Troll... wish the people on News24 would learn to recognise a troll... - 2011-08-02 09:05

      @Tizil: ignore 1boer1taxi. He is blinded by his hate. Plus I don't think he is exceptionally intelligent either. Dave

      subtle59 - 2011-08-02 09:18

      LOL, Dave, it's not necessary to sign your name after you make a comment. Come on man, you at least sound white.

      Ke maketse - 2011-08-02 09:23

      Why do you stress yourself with someone who ask such a stupid question.There is not much u can do to help him - 2011-08-02 11:24

      @subtle59 - I at least sound white?

  • Muzi - 2011-08-02 08:44

    The R360m subsidy per annum is much cheaper than the billions we lost in traffic (productivity), accidents (medical and fixing damaged highways), petrol (mainly imported oil), environment, etc.

      1boer1taxi - 2011-08-02 08:47

      "We" ? You mean tax payers, not you.

      Lions Man - 2011-08-02 09:03


      Jacques - 2011-08-02 15:34

      Funny how I comment something based on more than childish prejudice on a Malema article and it gets removed by some News24Skywizzard, but such blatant racist filth stays? (Referring to this 1Boer dumbass.) Just saying...

  • Mlu - 2011-08-02 08:49

    1boer1taxi, you really are a funny guy!!!

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-08-02 08:54

      He is not funny but plain stupid

      Lions Man - 2011-08-02 09:01

      Troll people troll... just like poli and the like. just on the opposite end of the spectrum and look at how he gets all these responses...

      DABOSS247365 - 2011-08-02 09:17

      FFS man, LOL, I just hope everyone here knows that the likes of 1boer, poliodonkey, etc, are all just Trolls like lionsman says, else we would actually seem uncivilised on this forum... :|

      Enigma - 2011-08-02 09:21

      1boer1taxi Are you related to Mad man? Because you sound just like him, racist and dumb!

  • Larro - 2011-08-02 08:51

    0 to being mugged in 15 seconds I believe...

      rurapente - 2011-08-02 08:55

      obviously you have not been on the train, as there are guards posted in each carriage and each station is heavily protected. And maybe go to some first world countries and see if you dont get mugged on a platform at some point :)

      Willem - 2011-08-02 09:04

      True, I saw at least 20 cops at each station, more at some, plus there was one on the bus as well.

      subtle59 - 2011-08-02 09:19

      My friend was killed on the platform 3 months ago.

      Danie - 2011-08-02 09:25

      Busy taking bribes, ya?

      PB - 2011-08-02 13:12

      Hopefully security will be kept up to prevent the 'disenchanted' from setting the Gautrain alight. I am not being negative, but we have had that happening a week ago ... and jealousy makes you nasty.

  • rurapente - 2011-08-02 08:54

    People will always have something negative to say about change. Tough cookies. This train is awesome, the idea is great and the travel is comfortable! Giant leap for SA...

  • Cheryl - 2011-08-02 08:56

    What is the cost of the ticket is there a site i can go check the break down of the stations and ticket prices

      Willem - 2011-08-02 09:03

      Its all on

      subtle59 - 2011-08-02 09:20

      its a goddamn rip off.... so much for the subsidising.

      Daemos1 - 2011-08-02 09:47

      it will get cheaper as usage increases, that's the plane anyway ne? ne?

  • Liberated - 2011-08-02 09:02

    dont bother with okes like 1boer1taxi, they always have something to criticise about anything. Gautrain is a positive development that not only eases our traffic blues from PTA but has created employment for thousands. Well done to everyone involved in this project.

  • Lions Man - 2011-08-02 09:06

    For the love of peace and harmony can everyone please learn to spot a TROLL and NOT FEED THEM! 1boer1taxi is most likely Polidonkey... and everyone falls for it. If these okes aren't pissing off the whites they trying to piss off the blacks. When are we going to learn?

      henk - 2011-08-02 09:18

      I am reporting every single comment of that troll, mabe news 24 will get rid of him... (then again, maybe not)

      Tizil - 2011-08-02 09:31

      @Loins Man You have a good point, we just feeding ppl(trolls) like ‘1boer1taxi’. He probably wanted get that reacting and we walked straight into it. No point in getting so worked up so early in the morning. This is supposed to be about ppl’s views (positive/negative) on the gautrain and get to hear from those ppl who went on it to day. I’ve Only seen one comment about how wonderful it was.

      Lions Man - 2011-08-02 09:36

      Lovely. Who are you subtle59? Polidonkey? 1boer1taxi? ahahahaha Do some work and stop Trolling.

  • NZdreamer - 2011-08-02 09:13

    Just how long before it gets vandalized, set alight, spray painted and bits stolen/removed from it I wonder???

      Darter - 2011-08-02 09:21

      Gautrain uses Israeli defence force infra-red monitoring equipment to prevent any cable theft, or theft in general. Added to that the increased security at stations themselves.....

      subtle59 - 2011-08-02 09:21

      i cant wait

      Jacques - 2011-08-02 15:40

      Ok bru, how about this: we can write about the penniless millions, the theft, the rape, murder, etc, and you will go ''when will these ### learn?''. Now we have something extremely positive in the news and this is your response. Please. Sprout an IQ and stop being such a troll. (Same goes for the quacks who likes this comment!)

  • obza.mwape - 2011-08-02 09:15

    eish! Im stil hungry thou...

  • Badballie - 2011-08-02 09:18

    Anyone notice the picture that appeared on the main page. a lot of white faces on a platform to catch a train that was supposed to uplift the poor blacks, The bullsh*t that the people of this country buy into makes me sick.

      Willem - 2011-08-02 09:26

      The train isn't suppose to uplift the poor people, its suppose to ease the traffic pressure on the N1 between PTA and JHB. As a byproduct its uplifting thousands, do you have any idea how many jobs the transport system created?

      Darter - 2011-08-02 09:29

      Who said this is meant to uplift poor blacks? Do poor blacks have cars that they can park in their garages to use the train? The train was meant for whoever (black or white), as an alternative transportation method...simple. Stop being so grumpy...

      Muzi - 2011-08-02 09:46

      Its nice to see something done for not so poor tax payers. Encourages them to pay more tax which in turn will help the poor. I pay in excess of R13,000 per month in tax and I am considering taking the train from Sandton to Centurion. My only problem is out of the office meetings I need to attend which are located far from the train routes.

  • pierre - 2011-08-02 09:26

    thumbs up for SA!!!!!!

  • EkEnDjy - 2011-08-02 09:30

    and here i was excited about an extra lane opening up on the koegerg interchange in cape town. well done to all involved in the Gautrain! Cape Town will be way behind everyone as always :(

  • Proudly SA - 2011-08-02 09:32

    This is great news and well done to Engineers and also politicians who realised need and supported project; in Cape Town have done very well with IBT on West Coast which helping a lot. T.Erinreich (ANC Lead in City council) was of course hyprocritically negative against project claiming was for elite but was very quiet on Gautrain which even less beneficial to poorer groups.

      EkEnDjy - 2011-08-02 10:39

      Agree to some extend but, you are comparing apples to pears here. Having lived in gauteng, I know the ease the gautrain will deliver on traffic. Geographically I cant compare this to the ease the IBT brings to the city of Cape Town. In my opion the IBT system's route does not carry the most of amount of traffic in the city and therefore I also believe that this had eased the transport of the so called rich. I do not believe that this was the intention though, but that it is the reality. Bottom line is, the poor wasnt cated for in both cases. probably the only fair comparison I can think of

  • masamune - 2011-08-02 09:32

    The way this whole thing is set up is ridiculous. I mean they are forcing people to use the train with these e-toll systems. I travel alot when im at work,i need to use my car to go to work. and the gautrain doesn't reach most parts around pta and jozi. I dont see the point of them implementing these e-tolls to make people use the train without the proper transportation system. Once the are more stations around okay that would make sense,but now it's just stupidity.

      Daemos1 - 2011-08-02 09:57

      you are not in the majority of people who would benefit from the train. most of us are office-bound, duh. stop whining

      masamune - 2011-08-02 10:17

      if im paying dude i will be whining all the way.Clearly you dont see how these e-tools are going to affect people

      Lanfear - 2011-08-02 10:53

      I agree with masamune, in a way. I think the Gautrain is great, but also think the network of stations should be extended a lot. I suppose that is the plan eventually, to create a large rail network across Gauteng, but it will take lots of time [and money]. They should however wait with the e-toll system until more people can use the Gautrain effectively. @ Daemos1 - loads of people are not THAT office bound and have to go to meetings often. Perhaps companies should make cars available for Gautrain users that need to travel to meetings etc.? Or a better and cheaper [and safer] taxi system should come into operation.

  • masamune - 2011-08-02 09:39

    Why does it cost so much , the business express is like +-750 per month to jozi. and you get the gautrain. they taking us for a ride and people are just so happy for that. Its clear people never think and people in power will always take advantage of that.

      Lanfear - 2011-08-02 10:54

      Still cheaper than driving alone, considering petrol prices and the forthcoming e-toll.

      Tk - 2011-08-02 14:15

      The business Express train takes 2 hours from Centurion to joburg. I took 20 minutes from Centurion to Sandton, so you do the maths. I rather pay that little extra and take less time to Travel. If you miss the business train, then thats it where as the Gautrain is every 12 minutes. You pay for convinience.

  • Daemos1 - 2011-08-02 09:44

    lol@Bellakanoose you made my morning hahahahahaha

  • Totman - 2011-08-02 10:06

    Some people complained when there were nothing to release the pressure on the road between Jhb and Pretoria. Now they complain over something that can help. Maybe the complainers should consider walking.

      Lanfear - 2011-08-02 10:55

      Yes! I wish people would stop complaining! When one mentions that this is a great project, people list all the negatives they can think of, often unrelated.

  • Dubya - 2011-08-02 11:36

    Fantastic! Definitely a positive step forward for public transportation.

  • Wind - 2011-08-02 11:38

    Can someone tell me what was the original commissioning date? Is this project on time? I would like to see the business case for this project.

  • BigAl - 2011-08-02 15:17

    Well-done SA a nice new train, pity it had to be built in the UK. The UK runs better trains than we will ever see and they don’t have more security guards than passengers, how long will it last??????? First late one will be burnt to the ground, and then it will be the station. You think I am wrong just give it time, they stuff up every think else so why should this be any different. Now the toll road worries!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DO NOT WORRY the taxi drivers will soon put them out of action if they ever get started that is.

      henk - 2011-08-03 08:51

      wow, you are sooooooo positive. Maybe you should go to the U.K. and leave us all in peace. Jannie jammergat!!!

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