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    I catch the train daily, should I worry

    SA skies among the safest

    By Nthambeleni Gabara

    Pretoria – South Africa is one of the safest countries in the world in which to travel by air, says Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele.

    This assurance comes after an SA Airlink aircraft failed to stop on the runaway while landing at George Airport on Monday morning. It stopped just meters before the busy N2 highway.

    "We want to assure all those who make use or intend making use of air travel in South Africa that our planes and airport infrastructure are safe.

    “There have been two isolated incidents of runway excursions in the past weeks, but there is nothing to panic about. South Africa has one of the best air safety records in the world," he said.

    Ndebele added that runway excursions were a worldwide problem and were being aggressively addressed by both aviation authorities and air safety bodies.

    The 37-seater aircraft was reportedly arriving from Cape Town in rainy weather when it aquaplaned off the end of the wet runway. It broke through the airport perimeter fence and came to a halt at a road between the airport and the N2 freeway.

    A total of 33 people were evacuated from the aeroplane, five of them with minor injuries.

    The Commissioner for Civil Aviation said it was concerned by the recent number of accidents or incidents involving SA Airlink and the South African Civil Aviation Authority has instituted an intensified audit programme of the maintenance, operating procedures and pilot training for the airline.

    This audit is over and above the normal safety oversight programme that is conducted on all airlines operating in and into South Africa. – BuaNews

    Trains collide, probe underway

    Pretoria - The Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) has dispatched inspectors to the accident scene where two passenger trains collided in the North West.

    A woman was killed and 110 people were injured in the collision which occurred along the Carletonville road in Boskop, outside Potchefstroom on Monday, police said.

    The RSR said the incident was unfortunate, adding that it would ensure that similar tragedies do not occur again.

    “The RSR will ensure the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) puts in place measures that will ensure that we do not have a recurrence of an accident of this nature,” said RSR. - BuaNews

    Train drivers of today are the mini bus drivers of yesterday. They keep on over taking when there is oncoming traffic. Don't they ever learn?

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    There have to be questions asked about SA Airlink - isn't that 4 in the last few months?

    As for the train one - I heard one went through the rail equivalent of a red light. Why the driver was in such a rush, goodness only knows. He'd already caught the train, so that excuse goes out the window.
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    There have to be questions asked about SA Airlink
    You think!!!
    Road Link.....Air Link, dare i say it.....

    Nationwide was grounded for less than that if i recall correctly.
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    SA Road Link is known as SA Deathlink or Roadstink. Deathlink due to the accidents, Roadstink, they have no flowing water in the latrines. The passengers are notified to only do a no 1 (wee) and they fail to clean their ears and do a no 2 (poo). Man! Can it stink when going through the air conditioner.

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