Before I even go further, I *DID* say I'm of *TWO* minds about this. Maybe I didn't say it LOUDLY ENOUGH?!
You are complaining about bad roads and then complaining about road improvements
I complained about the way in which, and the incompetence with, this was done. Please don't misrepresent my statements. Also I pointedly stated that I would've preferred tax payer money be used for this than making provincial roads a private enterprise. (Alas, I think I have a suspicion where my tax money resides in leu of that happening)
You are complaining about traffic jams and then complaining about a high speed train built to alleviate it.
Once again, completely missing the point. "JHB Subway" = way overdue. Overbudget monster of a mess, not so much. One day when they complete it I'm sure it'll be great.
Oh well, maybe we should just stop all development and slowly wait for everything to crumble and fall apart like in the rest of Africa.
Yeah maybe we should just leave our dearly incompetent leaders to be blissfully incompetent and never have a bad word to say to them. Surely this will make our country unlike the rest of Africa. Critisism is for negative people anyway, we'd rather not try to improve things. Leave our infallable politicians be, we love under-achievement.
Anyone who is opposed to progress and development has dubious motives in my opinion.
Defending the status quo is dubious in mine. In everything, seek always improvement. (Maybe it's just because in my work environment, harsh critisism is seen as healthy and a welcome opportunity for a lesson to be learnt, YMMV)
It will a much more affordable proposition for the live in PTA and work in JHB crowd.
Once the roads are a business, I'm sure it will be. Me, I think it's much more about convenience, and I'd gladly take it (If I needed to)
Are you seriously suggesting a train project should be scrapped because of the possibility that a deaf, blind homeless person with the IQ of a lemon might amazingly find his way underground and stumble into the path of an oncoming train? You call that a realistic argument?
Yeah deaf homeless people deserve to die, freck them. Anyway, it's pretty close to the truth. The Gautrain will never be operated at near the true maximum speed (that was initially envisioned). This is because it was deemed that, in an South African context, there are too many people walking on the tracks and it'd be too dangerous for them. (and we know fencing wouldn't help one bit).
In that case we should immediately ban cars, trucks, busses, trains, razors, knives, forks, spoons, toothpicks and peas, to name a few items potentially lethal to the unsupervised mentally retarded!
That is one heck of a straw man you got there.You may as well add soft squishy toys to that list too, they're evil.
If you want to call yourself a realist, please be realistic and resist the temptation to speculate wildly. I would suggest you take a day off and take the business train from Pretoria to Joburg. See what an amazing thing it is. Perfectly safe, occupied mainly by business people, luxurious and affordable. It resembles any train in Europe and is just as comfortable and safe.
I've heard of this train. Pretty cool, but doesn't seem to have won over the bulk of travellers.