Editorials
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8 Nov 2021
8:15 am

Blue Train stabbed in the back by state

Editorials

Blue Train itself is still world-class in its accommodation, but like the rest of the country, it's stabbed in the back by the government.

Blue Train, which celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2021, derailed and crashed in Germiston. Picture: Twitter

While there may have been no passengers on the Blue Train, which derailed at a station in Germiston on Saturday night, and there were no injuries, the event will nevertheless do some serious damage to our tourist industry, as it is trying to recover. The derailment comes on top of repeated stories over the past year – since the train resumed operating after a Covid-forced hiatus – of long delays because of problems with rail infrastructure on the train’s regular route between Pretoria and Cape Town. Ongoing theft of electricity cables, rails and station infrastructure accelerated rapidly during the Covid...