Gautrainer - A horse, a generator and a rainwater tank too…

2014-09-30 12:54

" A horse a horse, my dark and waterless kingdom for a horse… "

Many people will say that a horse as means of transport is absolutely ridiculous, but it has some merit.  We are all in a position where state money (our taxes, that was earmarked to better our communities and transport systems etc.) are used to build extra guest facilities or a pool house. We are eased into accepting that less is the norm, saying nothing and feeling absolutely powerless (no pun intended). Our silence is acceptance in the worst kind of way – it drowns hope (and this without water).

Nelson Mandela said: “There is no passion to be found in playing small, in settling for a life less than what you are capable of living.” We are capable of living amazing lives in hope and trust, but only if we start thinking and acting in a way that says - we deserve more.

What happened to our young writers whose words against corruption can change the course of history? The painters with their passionate colors, musicians and song writers who inspire? Will young politicians emerge that will actually represent all the people and not just their own bank accounts?

But, instead of being negative about all the things that might be lost, services we pay for that we do not receive and keep quiet about , I have decided to look at the pros and cons of rather using a horse as mode of transport, and maybe make one or two people smile at the irony.

Pros:

- If the petrol price goes up again, it will not affect you

- Apparent vandalism at the substation and stolen cables will not influence “horse power”

- Horses were not included in the e-tag toll system so use of the road is free

- We will never have to re-tar our roads

- You can ride your horse and talk on you cellphone at the same time, the horse will not veer off the road.

- A horse will safely swim through a pot-hole – so no need replace the rims on your car because they cracked.

- Great exercise twice a day without going to the gym

- Horses does not go on strike so you never have to worry about being late

- Shorter working hours because of travel time

- You can leave your horse on the sidewalk to eat the long grass, seeing as the grass is almost never cut.

- Job creation. We will need manned water and feeding stops, poop scoopers, groomers, saddle makers and designers, and horse park attendants.

- Famers will produce more horse feed, which means more laborers

- New inventions – we can recycle the manure and create manure fueled electricity plants – again more job creation.

- The maximum load a taxi will carry is 2

Cons:

- Like Australia with their sheep our carbon footprint might increase

- Horse-jacking’s will increase rapidly

- You will have to spend some money on “chipping” your horse in case of theft

- Rider fatigue – you have to be riding fit and this might take some time

- “Horse responsibility leave” will have to be added in the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, because horses get sick too.

On this positive note I want to thank all the cleaners that works for Gautrain. They are always friendly and the bathrooms and the platforms are always nice and tidy. Thank you too for Gautrain, I see they are advertising to employ planners, one of these days’ guys, one of these days.

Planning aside though, the Gautrain is a viable mode of transports which brings people together and teaches us many things - if we are open to look a little closer.

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