GABS launches 150th anniversary coffee table publication
THE first copy of the GABS 150th anniversary coffee table publication was handed to Premier Helen Zille at a glittering function held in the Waterfront at the beginning of May. As the political custodian of public transport in the Western Cape, it was fitting for the Premier to receive the first copy of this richly illustrated manuscript which narrates the chequered journey of road based public transport since the humble beginnings of horse drawn carriages in Cape Town in 1861. The book recounts the story of the incredible ingenuity and resilience of the men and women that pioneered the commuter bus industry in Cape Town over different historical periods which included world wars, the apartheid period and the bitter taxi wars. It also provides an insight into the intricate web of an unbroken chain of mergers and acquisitions that has evolved into what is the Golden Arrow Bus Services of today. The launch was attended by key stakeholders of GABS which included government officials, political office bearers, professional service providers, organised business, passenger forums, former directors and senior employees.