The Cape Town Metro service has been said to be unsafe. Well I guess public transport in general in South Africa has been mentioned to be unsafe. The metro has a first class and third class option. These options do not differ much at all. In fact, it is just different carriages attached to the same train, where first class says, ‘Metro Plus’ and third class just says, ‘Metro’. But perhaps there is more than meets the eye! My commute to work everyday has not seen me have any unsafe encounters. In fact, it was more interesting than unsafe altogether! Sometimes there would be people selling pens (3Rand for 1 – US375cents), or people singing, or even bands! Well, let the pictures speak for itself!..
*click – taxi!
a quick and easy way to get between places is this little guy. the passenger sits in the back behind the curtain. which begs the question of whether people actually fall out from behind! -it sure does not look safe and hence we did not take one!
but also, it is interesting to consider that locals can either take a proper taxi that goes by the meter, a little vehicle (as such from the picture) that follows a pre determined fixed price, a car service that acts like a taxi but requires a pre determined fixed price, buses and metro lines. There are numerous methods for locals to travel around the area.
wouldn’t it be easy to monopolise such services? -various customers will take various modes of transport that would be most appropriate. For example, one would with more luggage would take a proper car, however one with less luggage would take a smaller taxi. Thus it is easy to manipulate such items to the taxis’ advantage. Knowing that a certain type of customer that requires a larger boot space to move their goods, the taxi drivers are able to charge a ‘premium’ on inception of the fair (given that the taxi is not metered) as the customer will have no other option.
thus, there are incentives for the various types of taxis target various types of customers and openly reject others.
and here we thought that numerous numbers of taxis on the street with give the community competition that should’ve brought down the price of taxis…
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