The advancement of technology has enhanced the human experience by an unquantifiable extent. A secondary result is the availability of several ‘crutches’ that the human brain can lean on to get its job done.
Who needs to remember birthdays when facebook will so kindly remind you? Why take note of the great point that article made when you can just save the link and revisit it at your leisure?
The inevitable result of this is a generation that will not remember events unless they’ve been posted onto digital calendars, will take pictures of Powerpoint presentations in a lecture instead of writing down notes and who have more important things to concern themselves with than the mundane necessity of drawing money and having cash on hand to pay for daily travel.
Enter Gautrain Gold Card.
The prepaid card for commuters has eradicated the problematic need for public transport users to constantly make sure they have the right amount of cash on hand to be able to get home after work or to make their way to Sandton for a shopping trip. In the age of plastic, where a growing number of people are more comfortable swiping cards everywhere they go, as opposed to carrying cash around, this is especially helpful.
The gold card can be purchased from the sales desk at any Gautrain station for R12 and is used for the bus and train services, as well as for parking.
Users can load value onto the card via electronic card terminals that accept both cash and bank cards. Instead of topping up daily, Gautrain commuters can load any amount that is convenient for them, whether it be enough for a week’s worth of travel or a month.
Card scanners on the busses and at the train platform entrances read the cards and deduct the relevant amounts.
- Safer than carrying cash
- One prepaid card works seamlessly for all Gautrain services
- If you’ve forgotten to load money onto your card you cannot make use of the bus and will be left stranded, since the only method for loading money onto a card is at the terminals at the station. However, every station has several terminals so remember to top up!