Staff pay tribute to Rovos Rail with their own #DontRushChallenge

Employees of Rovos Rail created their very own #DontRushChallenge to "highlight the togetherness in isolation".

Staff pay tribute to Rovos Rail with their own #DontRushChallenge

After various people took to social media to create their own #DontRushChallenge video, staff from Rovos Rail took it upon themselves to thank the company for looking after them during SA’s national lockdown with a video of their very own.

Rovos Rail, a private railway company operating out of Capital Park Station in Pretoria, South Africa, has not been operating since 26 March 2020 when President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that South Africa will enter a national lockdown to flatten the curve of the world’s latest pandemic. Rovos Rail, which is said to be “the most luxurious train in the world”, ultimately had to cancel all of their journeys until 2 September 2020.

Remaining hopeful

The team are therefore at home during this time, remaining hopeful and waiting patiently to return to work.

“Maintaining transparency with our team is paramount while keeping a positive outlook,” says Chief Operating Officer Tiffany Vos-Thane. “Our leadership team, including myself, have maintained contact with our team over this period. Constant conversations, Zoom meetings and regular updates from me have been important.”

Tiffany says that they also carefully and meticulously curated their terms so that they can support industry colleagues, their guests and their staff.

“We are also working on protocols and our approach for reopening. It is very important for us to restore confidence and encourage travel, whilst ensuring guests that we have taken every preventative measure to protect them and curb the spread.

“Please be assured that when we start running trains we will meet every health and safety regulation set out to ensure the safety of our guests and staff.”

Now, in anticipation of eventually returning to work, employees of the company proceeded to create their very own #DontRushChallenge – a new viral social challenge that was initially created to “highlight the togetherness in isolation”. Various celebrities have created their own #DontRushChallenge where they can be seen transforming into their best outfits. The challenge was supposedly named after the song Don’t Rush by Young T and Bugsey ft. Headie One.

Jelena Muller, a hostess from Rovos Rail (second in the video) says that she was inspired by travel industries on social media and came up with the video idea in appreciation for Rovos Rail supporting them during these unprecedented times.

“When I contacted my colleagues, they were all positive and eager to participate. We are all anxious to start working again, but we are up for the #DontRushChallenge.”

Jelena also says that employees in the video are mostly hostesses, bar mans and chefs of Rovos Rail.

Watch the employees from Rovos Rail and their #DontRushChallenge over here:

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Ramaphosa called to discipline Mboweni for ANC defiance

If the finance minister continues to defy the party's instructions, he will likely face a disciplinary process.

Ramaphosa called to discipline Mboweni for ANC defiance

Leaders of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) have called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to bring Tito Mboweni to order following the finance minister’s critique of government.

Mboweni, who has been vocal on several issues concerning government’s handling of the coronavirus-induced lockdown, has not won many friends within his own political party. Recently, Mboweni revealed that cracks of factional division were beginning to form around the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC).

While Mboweni enjoys a wave a public support, largely due to his outspokenness at a time when citizens feel subjugated by restrictive government regulations, forces within government have been less forgiving of the finance minister’s outbursts.

Mboweni questions his role in politics

The finance minister recently took to Twitter to voice his concerns over government policy. In what has been described as a moment of existential dread, Mboweni questioned his purpose in politics and compared collective obedience to the uncomfortable act of “swallowing a rock”.

Mboweni first drew fire from his colleagues when, before parliament, he voiced his discontent with the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEEE) codes which had been applied to relief funds for small businesses. Mboweni said he could not support an economic policy, instituted during a time of national crisis, which was based on racial categorisations.

The finance minister added that he had opposed government’s decision to continue the prohibition of alcohol and tobacco but was ultimately overruled. Mboweni said:

“I didn’t like the continuous ban on tobacco and alcohol but I lost the debate and therefore I have to toe the line.”

Possible disciplinary action looms

Speaking on the sidelines of a food donation drive on Wednesday morning, ANC Treasurer-General Paul Mashatile revealed that the party’s top brass had called for Mboweni to be reined in. As party leader, the responsibility for recourse rests solely with Ramaphosa. Mashatile added:

“At the end of the day, once a decision has been taken, we want everybody to own up to it so that we protect decisions that we make… once we start talking in different voices, it’s not a discipline that we know in the ANC.

He [Mboweni] is going to be spoken to by the president to say what he did was wrong. If behaviour like that continues after you have been spoken to… the organisation might take you to a disciplinary process.”

President Ramaphosa, whose protracted silence over the past three weeks has been heavily criticised, is expected to announce the nation on Wednesday night at 20:30.

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