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CT activist Lorenzo Davids takes followers on a ride documenting train commute

13 January 2022 2:02 PM
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PRASA
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Lorenzo Davids

CapeTalk host Lester Kiewit chats to community activist Lorenzo Davids.
  • Activist and self-confessed 'train lover' Lorenzo Davids is urging Cape Town residents to give Metrorail another shot
  • Davids says officials are clearly working hard to get the train service back on track
  • He's been documenting his daily commute on Twitter this week after the Southern Line resumed operations

Community activist Lorenzo Davids has been taking his Twitter followers on a journey with his daily train diaries. Image: @UrbanLo/Twitter

Capetonian and social justice activist Lorenzo Davids is advocating for more Capetonians to get on board and support Metrorail's recovery plan.

Davids has been documenting his daily Metrorail commute using social media following the service resumption on the Southern Line.

Each day, he's been creating a Twitter thread detailing his journey and experience.

Although some of the train carriages have been damaged due to vandalism, he says they are in a pristinely clean state.

Davids, who's the CEO of the Development Impact Fund, says he commuted using Cape Town trains for over a decade before the Covid-19 disruptions in 2020.

He believes that Metrorail is slowly improving its offering as part of its revival plan in response to years of stolen and vandalised infrastructure.

The CEO has commended Prasa and Metrorail in the Western Cape for trying to bring stability back into the rail service.

"I get into the carriage in the morning at about 7am and I have not seen a cleaner train around. I can tell you this, somebody somewhere is making an effort to get the service back online", he tells CapeTalk.

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He argues that restoring the train service will hinge on providing a reliable train schedule, safety and security, and making commuters feel valued.

Davids says he's been encountering interesting people and overhearing fascinating conversations on his train trips.

I'm back on the train again and I'm simply loving it!

Lorenzo Davids, CEO - The Development Impact Fund

The infrastructure inside the train is enormously clean, even though it has been vandalised. Yes, you have broken seats, covers that are gone... but the floors and the seats are clean.

Lorenzo Davids, CEO - The Development Impact Fund

I want to encourage my fellow car users to take a risk, take a chance and use the train. It is such fun!

Lorenzo Davids, CEO - The Development Impact Fund

I hear the most romantically loving true stories on the train. I record them all. I listen to them, I pen them the moment I hear them. It is a life, it is a world, it is an eco-system that is so important for our wellbeing as a society.

Lorenzo Davids, CEO - The Development Impact Fund



13 January 2022 2:02 PM
Tags:
PRASA
Metrorail
Cape Town
Trains
southern line
Lorenzo Davids

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