Joburg buses will soon inform commuters when the next bus will arrive
Trackers have been installed in all Rea Vaya and Metrobus vehicles as part of the second phase of the City of Joburg's plan to improve public transport through an app, called VayaMoja.
This forms part of the app's second phase roll-out. VayaMoja was launched in July and currently gives users access to information on all Rea Vaya and Metrobus routes, bus frequencies and stops, as well as fare information.
"Currently, users can see bus routes and stops, but they don't have a sense for when the next bus is coming. Once this phase of the project is live, users will be able to make better decisions when navigating the complex Johannesburg transport system, as they'll be able to track bus movements and get timing estimates directly on the app," Heckrath explains.
Heckrath says the team hopes to reach full functionality of the app for all users by the beginning of next year.
Place Names in the Cederberg Mountains in South AfricaWe're heading out to the Cederberg in about ...
Place Names in the Cederberg Mountains in South Africa
We're heading out to the Cederberg in about two weeks to do a hike to Disa Pool (weather permitting) and in doing some research on the route, I found this interesting blog listing all sorts of interesting place names in the Cederberg, right down to interesting rocks, paintings, ruins, and even a mummified corpse.
Below is a photo of the pool we will be hopefully reaching.... it is about a 16km round trip but at least fairly flat.
See the blog at http://cederbergnames.blogspot.com/
Remains of the Day: MacOS Sierra Will Arrive on September 20th
A summary of some of the key items to note (and some that were not mentioned) from the Apple event this week at http://lifehacker.com/remains-of-the-day-macos-sierra-will-arrive-on-septemb-1786347567
Renault Zoe Continues To Crush Electric Vehicle Competition In France
There were around 1,800 electric car (including SUV & van) registrations in France during the month of July 2016, according to the most recent estimates from the EV Sales blog. That represents a roughly 12% year-on-year decrease from July 2015.
Despite the apparent slowdown during July 2016, year-to-date totals in France are actually up from 2015 by a substantial margin (around 43%).
Interestingly, all-electrics (EVs) captured an 82% share of the total plug-in market, a substantial majority — with plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models not even managing to make it into the top 5 rankings for the month.
The share of the overall French automotive market held by plug-in vehicles for 2016 now sits at around 1.66%. The 2015 plug-in electric vehicle share was 1.41%.
Tiny Solar Device Rapidly Disinfects Water With Nanoflakes & “Eager Electrons”
A tiny device, half the size of a postage stamp, which can rapidly disinfect water with solar energy, has been developed by researchers at Stanford University and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. While the nanostructured device has only been tested with small amounts of water, and on three strains of bacteria, the little gadget shows promise in the quest for affordable and effective low-power water purification solutions.
This gadget, because it’s small and made from a “cheap and easy to make” material, molybdenum disulfide, could eventually be a viable solution for point-of-use water disinfection, either in the developing world or for emergency situations.
Cape Town to Pretoria with Rovos Rail... Pure Retro Luxury
Travelling on Rovos Rail means you’ll enjoy fine foods and wines and sleep in compartments fit for royalty. The sleeping compartments are reminiscent of some of the finer southern Africa hotels, such as the Cape Grace and Mount Nelson.
Rovos Rail offers several routes, including the 28-day Cape Town to Cairo option and the six-day Cape Town to Victoria Falls route, which goes via Pretoria. However, the most popular route is the three-day, two-night Cape Town to Pretoria (or vice versa) route. This journey takes roughly 28 hours and stretches over 1,500km’s of South Africa’s beautiful terrain.
The best spot on the train is on the last coach, the Observation Car, which has an outside area. This is a relaxing environment where you can sit and watch the awesome terrain pass you by. Then there is the not-to-be-missed treat, High Tea, served at around 16:00 in the Observation Car or Midway Lounge Car.
Dinner is a grand jacket and tie affair and since Rovos Rail is a proudly South African institution, you’ll be served the best local cuisine, which includes venison and only the finest South African wines.
I can only think that the prices must be quoted in US$? More info also on their trains at their website at https://www.rovos.com/trains/on-board.