Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Winter morning in Rosebank, Johannesburg
Opposite the Gautrain Station is a veritable amphitheatre of new buildings, including a new Holiday Inn. Meanwhile, just 15 kilometres away, central Johannesburg - parts of it certainly - seem to be crumbling and disintegrating. Gutted shells of building everywhere.
It's possible that the Gautrain may bring life back into the centre city. I hope so - it's still got a lot going for it. Some of South Africa's most beautiful old buildings for a start. But Johannesburg still faces major problems in terms of integrating its public transport. The Gautrain is a good start, but more needs to be done in terms of setting up public transport infrastructure.