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".
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.
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.