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Future Coaches & Tours

April/May 2013

 

 

 

 

 Welcome to the Future Coaches Family

 

81 Seater Volvo Torino

It is time to say goodbye to our 78 seater  MAN Explorers. These vehicles will be replaced by 81 seater Volvo Torino buses. We are very excited to already introduce the first of three 81 seater Volvo Torino’s to our Future Coaches fleet.  It already has a nickname, Cloofy, which was derived from the registration CL 00FY GP. It arrived on 08 April 2013 and anxiously we await the arrival of the other two Torino’s.

The 81 seaters are perfect for larger school groups doing local day as well as long distance trips. We will be able to move a large group of passengers at once with fewer vehicles. The 81 seater does not have an air conditioner, but City Vent extraction fans allow for a cooler and thus more enjoyable journey.

The vehicles are equipped with a towbar in order to accommodate a trailer as well as small under-floor luggage bins and parcel racks to ensure that there is enough space for passenger luggage.

We are looking forward to many safe kilometers travelling with these vehicles!

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e-toll - Sanral

 

 

Dear all

Regarding the e-tolling in Gauteng just the following:

  1. Implementation date : this is not confirmed and according to Outa their court case hearing is only in September 2013 and Sanral do not have the right to start e-tolling on 01 July 2013
  2. If Sanral do get permission to start e-tolling we will apply for your e-tag in May 2013 as a “group”

We will keep you updated as things progress in this court battle !!

Regards
Izak Coetzee
MD Future Coaches & Tours

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Sanral not ready for e-tolling – Outa
April 12 2013 at 11:09am
By SAPA INSLA

Plans to start e-tolling in Gauteng in the next two months don’t upset the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance.

Outa chairman Wayne Duvenage said on Thursday: “We’re not surprised or fazed by the SA National Roads Agency Limited's announcement. We've heard it all before.”

Sanral was not ready to launch, he said.

“It has been seven months since the Constitutional Court set aside the initial interdict to allow Sanral to start tolling, something they claimed they could and would do within two weeks of a ruling in their favour.

“We wonder what the real reasons are that this is taking them so long.”

“Averages can be very deceiving.”

It was wrong for Sanral to claim that Outa's legal challenge to halt e-tolling was of no consequence, he added. He said drivers shouldn’t be fooled by Sanral's claims that 78 percent of motorists would be paying less than R100 per month in toll fees.

A daily commuter travelling between Tshwane and Johannesburg, or the East and West Rand, would pay well over R300 a month, he said.

Duvenage said the Constitutional Court's ruling in September 2012 was related only to the temporary interdict against e-tolling. It was outside the scope of the tolling system's review, which would be heard in the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein later this year.

TIMELINE

In April 2012 the High Court in Pretoria granted Outa an interdict approving a full judicial review before electronic tolling could be implemented. The interdict prevented Sanral from levying or collecting e-tolls pending the outcome of a review. Sanral and the National Treasury appealed the court order.

In September, the Constitutional Court set aside the interim order. In December the High Court in Pretoria dismissed Outa's application to scrap e-tolling.

On 25 January, however, the court granted Outa leave to take the matter to the SCA. That hearing will take place in September.

Duvenage said: “Should Sanral forge ahead regardless, the legal sword hangs over their plans and this should most certainly be of serious concern to them.”

It was estimated that fewer than 60 000 of Gauteng's 3.5 million drivers had bought e-tags.

“Sanral's claim that there have been 600,000 tags signed up is misleading,” he explained, “as we know they have given most of those to fleet management and government fleet organisations.” – Sapa

Around the world 100 times - Safe kilometers

 

 

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We are also proud to announce that we have drivers within the company that did 1 Million (1 000 000) accident free kilometres whilst employed by Future Coaches & Tours. We would like to show our appreciation to:

  • Ronnie Moodley
  • Chris de Kock
  • Cobus Bezuidenhout
  • Carel Slabbert

They have completed over 1,000,000 safe kilometres each. Adding up to 4,000,000 kilometres between the four of them. It takes 40,075 kilometres to travel around the world. The combined kilometres of these four bus drivers travelled within Africa, equals to travelling 100 times around the world.

We are thankful and proud to have such competent and professional bus drivers here at Future Coaches & Tours!

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Coach rules - Important

 

 

  • Communicate with your tour guide / tour leader / organizer and passengers effectively as you will be a team
  • Avoid conflict
  • Never engage into an argument with a guide / leader / organizer or passenger
  • Show the responsible person how the interior equipment works, i.e. radio, microphone, DVD Player & monitors, fridge, etc.
  • NO SMOKING allowed on the coach – even when driving empty!
  • NO ALCOHOL allowed on the coach – except on prior arrangement with written consent from Future Coaches’ Office
  • NO GLASS BOTTLES allowed – not even water bottles
  • All passengers are to remain seated at all times with safety belts fastened. You are allowed to stop the coach to enforce this rule, as it is imperative to the passengers’ safety
  • Never speak derogatively or negatively about our competitors or even worse, about your colleagues and about Future Coaches & Tours

some Interesting facts about sa - maybe you know them maybe you don’t

 

 

South Africa is a weird and wonderful place, and has spawned some truly gifted pioneers and inventors, as well as possessing some unique and marvelous, biological and geological attributes.

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  1. South Africa has the oldest meteor scar in the world, just across the Vaal River near Parys, called the Vredefort Dome. The meteor plummeted to Earth nearly two billion years ago (Earth is said to be 4,5 billion years old), pre-dating the heady days of oxygen and multi-celled life.
  2. The rocks around Barberton in Mpumalanga are some of the most ancient in the world – over three billion years old. Because they are also the most accessible such formations, NASA scientists come here to gain an idea of how life might form on distant planets.
  3. Blyde River Canyon is the third largest canyon in the world – and the largest green one. The Grand Canyon in the US is the biggest, and the Fish River Canyon in Namibia the second, but both are dry as bones.
  4. The only street in the world to house two Nobel Peace prize winners is in Soweto. Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu both have houses in Vilakazi Street in Soweto.
  5. South Africa has the longest wine route in the world, the R62 wine route
  6. The world’s first heart transplant was done in South Africa in 1967 by South African Dr Chris Barnard.
  7. South Africa is ranked number one in the world for its floral kingdom
  8. South Africa is the sole producer of the Mercedes Benz, C Class, right hand drive vehicles
  9. General Motors South Africa will be the only manufacturing site outside of the United States to build the Hummer H3 vehicle.
  10. Gauteng has the most advanced infrastructure in Africa.
  11. South Africa has 11 official languages, from A-Z: Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Pedi, Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa and Zulu.
  12. Most of the world’s proto-mammalian fossils are found in the Karoo region – along with a 280 million year old fossilized shark.
  13. More than 50% of the Paragliding world records have been set in South Africa.
  14. There are about 280 000 windmills on farms across South Africa, second in number only to Australia.

Lighter side of life - laughter is the best medicine

 

 


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