Transnet Bids Farewell to Dr Coetzee
“The one memory I will always carry around with me about Phelophepa is the morning when the then three coach train was stationed at Braamfontein for servicing in 1993. The people had heard the train was around and had gathered outside to receive treatment. We had to haul these coaches back to Johannesburg station and arranged a train to take all the patients to JHB as well. However, at 24:00 that evening almost 1000 patients had spectacles and I had a shoe box full of cash for our optical services!
Starting the 1994 journey with the officially inaugurated Transnet-Phelophepa comprising thirteen coaches, our first stop was in the Free State. Early in the morning I looked out of my cubicle I found two queues; one for black people and another for white people. I quickly got over my shock, approached them, and I said that ‘this is the people’s train and we will only have one queue’. With that I had put the seal of Phelophepa and it has remained that way to this day ‘the people’s train’,” says the emotional Dr Coetzee.
She joined Transnet as punch operator/ data capturer in 1968, climbed steadily the ladder of success with positions such as chief librarian and head of corporate social investment in her pocket.…
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