Bravo to South Africa for opening the first segment of the Gautrain,
linking Johannesburg’s Tombo airport (JHB) to Sandton and Rosebank, in
time for the World Cup. Sports events continue to be one of the best motivators for getting big infrastructure projects done.
But do you notice one rather basic fact missing from the Guardian’s otherwise thorough article on the subject? A fact that you’d need to know if you were deciding whether the thing would be useful for a
particular trip, or even whether it was likely to be useful to you in general? And yet a fact that’s easy for journalists to omit even while discussing top speeds, paint schemes, fare-card systems, air conditioning, and unresolved racial divides?
The BBC coverage nearly misses it too, but makes a passing and incomplete reference to it near the end of their article, well “below the fold.”
Hmm, it doesn’t seem to be anywhere in the hugely detailed Wikipedia article either, unless an HT reader has taken this cue and jumped in there to add it.
Oh, all right. Remember this?