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Old March 2nd, 2010, 04:21 PM   #1461
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Awesomeness!!!!!!!!
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Old March 3rd, 2010, 06:26 PM   #1462
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Gautrain The first 25 Gautrain Facebook Fans to comment on this post can view Gautrain tomorrow. From 12:30pm to 4:30pm. You need to meet us in Linbro Park. This is not a train ride, but a chance to get a sneak preview of the train, have a look around, see what it is all about. No kids allowed. If you comment on this post, we will mail you with more details and directions. Enjoy!

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Old March 3rd, 2010, 09:05 PM   #1463
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Gautrain The first 25 Gautrain Facebook Fans to comment on this post can view Gautrain tomorrow. From 12:30pm to 4:30pm. You need to meet us in Linbro Park. This is not a train ride, but a chance to get a sneak preview of the train, have a look around, see what it is all about. No kids allowed. If you comment on this post, we will mail you with more details and directions. Enjoy!

Nice marketing!
i'm actually one of the 25 but i'm doing my oral exam tomorrow afternoon and i can't reschedule how depressing is that?
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Old March 3rd, 2010, 09:23 PM   #1464
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Ditto with me I just can't get off work. darn it!

Does anyone want my ticket?
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Old March 3rd, 2010, 09:35 PM   #1465
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Old March 3rd, 2010, 09:40 PM   #1466
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okey PM me with your email addy and name and I'll see if I can swap my ticket for yours. The thing is from 12h30 to 16h30 tomorrow
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Old March 4th, 2010, 09:53 PM   #1467
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the launch of the gautrain should have coincided with the launch of a joburg transport authority of sorts. the only real way integration is likely to happen...
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Old March 5th, 2010, 08:34 AM   #1468
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agree entirely! I don't think transport integration is going to be as easy as everyone makes it out to be. Far too many public transport entities (Gautrain, Metrobus, Putco, Rea Vaya, Metrorail, trillions of taxi associations), each with their own agendas and goals in their operations. Isn't going to be as simple as just having a common travel card...
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Old March 5th, 2010, 01:27 PM   #1469
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I wish we had one of these: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=739210
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Old March 7th, 2010, 06:19 PM   #1470
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Received this recently - anyone who wants an exclusive look at the Gautrain RSVP ASAP!

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You are welcome to register for Twitter, if you are not already a member and follow @TheGautrain http://twitter.com/#replies.

#tweetuponrails is confirmed for 13 March, 10am-12pm, Gautrain depot near Midrand. It is not a train ride, but a chance to look around, meet Gautrain experts and network with other tweeple.

RSVP – http://twtvite.com/1zgya6 invite your friends, and see Gautrain – all our Twitter followers are invited. Bring your cameras and cell phones and tweet and blog live from Gautrain

All the best and hope you can attend. Would be nice to finally meet you.

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Old March 7th, 2010, 10:16 PM   #1471
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Have RSVPd and booked my place

Joburg guys, this is the event I was telling you guys about. At the Joburg Meet. Yesterday. The one Inertia did not come to.
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Old March 7th, 2010, 11:49 PM   #1472
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Loving this shot.



Pic from Niger1.com

1.Is that Jack v.d. Merwe?
2.Where do you guys reckon this pic was taken?

Must be awful having the train pass right next to your building.
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Old March 8th, 2010, 07:32 AM   #1473
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Joburg guys, this is the event I was telling you guys about. At the Joburg Meet. Yesterday. The one Inertia did not come to.
I will be there 2 Tom, thanks for the wonderful hosting but my feet are still feeling the stress.
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Old March 8th, 2010, 02:08 PM   #1474
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make sure you guys carry extra memory sticks!
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Old March 8th, 2010, 03:12 PM   #1475
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Joburg guys, this is the event I was telling you guys about. At the Joburg Meet. Yesterday. The one Inertia did not come to.
Hehe I am in third year varsity atm!
But I'll try my best to make it on Saturday - even though it is my 21st that night.......
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Old March 8th, 2010, 03:13 PM   #1476
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Loving this shot.



Pic from Niger1.com

1.Is that Jack v.d. Merwe?
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Must be awful having the train pass right next to your building.
That's the hotel on top of the parking lot at ORTIA.. Quite a nice view from the rooms if you ask me
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Old March 8th, 2010, 04:17 PM   #1477
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I agree. Will provide for cool photos too!

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Hehe I am in third year varsity atm!
But I'll try my best to make it on Saturday - even though it is my 21st that night.......
Perfect 21st bday present :-)
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Old March 9th, 2010, 01:35 PM   #1478
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R10bn Gautrain claim dismisssed
Mar 9, 2010 11:51 AM | By Sapa

The Gautrain Management agency says that Bombela’s R10bn claim for delays in the construction process is not legitimate.


They have decided to tell Bombela that they aren’t paying the claim and if Bombela wants the agency is perfectly willing to take this to arbitration.

"The Gauteng province has come to the conclusion that the concessionaire has a spurious claim which the province is convinced will have very little chance of succeeding," said Gautrain Management Agency chief executive officer Jack van der Merwe.

According to Fin24 Bombela lodged the claim for more than R10bn on the grounds that the Gauteng government handed over the building sites late – which upset the contractors planning and upped costs.

But van der Merwe countered that “mega-infrastructure” projects tend to have contractors lodging claims against the client.

He then reiterated that the Gauteng Government opposes the claim.

He also said that the province won’t pay extra for the Gautrain route between Sandton and the airport being ready before the 2010 World Cup.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance in Gauteng expressed concern about the news of the claim, saying taxpayers could end up footing the bill.

"This claim represents just under 40 percent of the entire cost of the (inflated and hopefully final) Gautrain project cost and, should the case go against the department, would push the cost of the showcase train to R36 billion - a far cry from the origin estimates of R12 billion or less," the DA said in a statement.

"There is little doubt that the department delayed construction by not acquiring properties timeously and, once again, the inefficiency of the Gauteng department of roads and transport has been spotlighted.

"The waste of taxpayers' money is totally unacceptable and responsible officials and politicians should be prosecuted," said the DA.
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Old March 10th, 2010, 06:31 PM   #1479
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Laduma for Gautrain as service is set to kick off on June 8

Phase one of the Gautrain rapid-rail link, stretching from OR Tambo International Airport to Sandton station, will be ready for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, says Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) CEO Jack van der Merwe.

"The document is on my table, all I need to do is sign it. We are 99,99% there. We should be able to carry passengers, at the latest, on June 8."

This follows months of negotiations between the GMA, representing the Gauteng provincial government, and Bombela, the consortium responsible for building the Gautrain, on the costs and implications of accelerating construction to enable the system's operational readiness ahead of the original phase one completion date in July.

At some point the cost of fast-tracking construction was calculated at R1,3-billion, which the Gauteng provincial government then declined as it was viewed as too expensive.

Bombela then presented an alternative solution, with a reduced scope to the service (such as incomplete parking facilities at Sandton station for example) which could be made ready at no additional cost, which GMA has now accepted.

Gauteng premier Nomvula Mokonyane earlier indicated that having the Gautrain ready for the 2010 World Cup "would be a bonus".

Van der Merwe says GMA is now able to provide Mokonyane with the bonus of having an operational airport rail service ahead of the June 11 kick-off, at no additional cost - 'now or later' - to the R25,4-billion project.

Tickets for the World Cup between Sandton and the airport are to be priced at roughly R100.

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Old March 10th, 2010, 09:23 PM   #1480
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Photo updates from the Gautrain's Facebook gallery

Gautrain at Sandton Station platforms, being tested in the tunnel section


Construction works on platform level at Sandton Station


Construction of the structural steel roof for Sandton Station


Kerb laying on the parking deck at Marlboro Station


Installation of a electronic display board at Marlboro Station



Gautrain arriving at Rhodesfield Station



Ticket vending machines and ticket office, Rhodesfield Station


Bus canopy structures in front of Rhodesfield Station. Gautrain parked at platforms



Airport station platforms


Airport station concourse


Escalators leading from the airport's international arrivals in the central terminal building to the Gautrain station above



Fare gate for reading electronic smart card tickets. Ticket office in the back.



Passenger information display boards, airport station


Johannesburg Park Station tunnel portal for the underground section of the route


Construction of the ventilation rooms on the northern side of Smit Street at Johannesburg Park Station


Installation of jet fans in the ventilation rooms at Rosebank Station



Installation of technical equipment at Rosebank Station


Construction of the Rosebank Station cut and cover towards the Tunnel Boring Machine portal


Rosebank Station platforms


Backfilling of the roof slab over the station box at Rosebank Station, next to the Zone, Oxford Road. Pedestrian bridge visible in the back.


Midrand station track laying


Stairs to Midrand station concourse


Bus canopy and walkway structural steelwork erection at Midrand Station.


Ticket offices, Midrand Station


Exterior view of Midrand station with stair cases leading to the platforms above


Windows at the Centurion Station, West Street facade


Internal finishes for the Centurion Station concourse. Ticket offices and stairs to platforms above


Centurion Station platforms


Construction of the Gautrain concourse slab over the existing Metrorial/PRASA railway reserve. Gautrain station parkade is on the right.
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