The idea for this last column of 2023 comes from the unlikeliest source for what is a transportation update and renewed recommendation of a standing favourite of this analyst and this column.

In late October, to escape the anniversary of my advancing years — or a birthday, as common convention has it — I took the dog for a quiet long weekend away to Bredasdorp. It’s a town about 2½ hours outside Cape Town in the heart of the wheat belt...

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