Imagine the year is 2031. It is 6.56am on a cold winter’s morning and a woman is at a railway station. In exactly four minutes the train that will take her to work will arrive. The train she boards will be well heated and most people in the carriage will be seated comfortably, with only a few standing. She will get off the train at exactly 7.35am and take a quick walk to her office building, making it safely to her workplace by 7.45am, leaving her enough time to have a cup of tea before she starts her day.

In 2021 this trip would have taken her over an hour and three taxi rides. If she had elected to use the train (which was cheaper) she might not have arrived at work at all. Now imagine an SA that no longer has crippling unemployment because it has a booming rail manufacturing sector. An SA with a freight rail system so efficient that goods are transported to where they need to be within time frames that mean the consumer pays the most competitive price for it in the world.....

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