On an initiative of Gauteng province in South Africa, the local RATP Dev subsidiary Bombela Operating Company (BOC) offered a free train ticket to all Springboks supporters who came to celebrate the return of their heroes.
The Springboks landed at Johannesburg Airport on Tuesday, 5 November 2019 after their victory over England in the final of the Rugby World Cup held in Japan. To mark their triumph, the province of Gauteng partnered our local subsidiary BOC and decided to allow all fans to travel free of charge aboard the Gautrain to Johannesburg's OR Tambo airport to welcome their champions. There was only one condition: wear the national rugby team jersey!
The province’s initiative, which echoes the call by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa to welcome his "heroes" on their return from Japan, was made possible by mobilising our BOC colleagues as a sign of RATP Dev's commitment to local life in all countries where it operates.
RATP Dev has been operating and maintaining the Gautrain rail network since 2006 through its subsidiary, Bombela Operating Company. Gautrain runs between Pretoria and Johannesburg and connects Johannesburg's business centre to the international airport in just fifteen minutes.