On Tuesday 8 June 2010 - and therefore in time for the Soccer World Cup, the African Continent's first "high speed rail link" officially opened for "Joe (or Jane) public".  This is part of a three billion dollar Gautrain project.

Gauteng Premier, Nomrula Mokonyane, advised journalists, on Saturday 5 June, to the effect that, what South Africa has done for the World Cup is not something for just 11 June to 11 July, they have put the money for life beyond that.

Having personally endured the previously onerous commuting by car, in motorways which are hugely congested, it was with great excitement that I, along with my three (gym) friends, decided to become pioneers.

We parked at OR Tambo International Airport, and made our way towards the direction of the Gautrain, which is conveniently situated within view of the glamorous arrivals hall for international passengers.

Any assistance we sought was efficiently dealt with, as we purchased our Gautrain Gold Launch Edition Cards.  These cards can be topped up as required.  The cost per single journey is R100 (approximately US$13) - which is cheaper than a taxi ride.  We sat in the train, gleaming and sparkling new, joined by other excited pioneer passengers like us, or those having just arrived by aeroplane, who wished to make their way to their hotel in the Sandton area.

Whilst the train made its way, it certainly did not feel like a 100 mile an hour journey - in fact it was wonderfully smooth and comfortable - as our varying viewsites whisked by and, before we realised it, we arrived at our destination - the upmarket uptown Sandton district.

Having reached there, we decided to make our way to Nelson Mandela Square - home to many designer and exciting stores, luxurious offices, apartments, penthouses, an hotel, a theatre, and spoilt-for-choice eateries.

Being the lead-up to the Soccer World Cup, the outside Square, where Nelson Mandela's Majestic Bronze Statue purveys his "fold", everywhere was buzzing with soccer supporters (in their brightly coloured differing supporter tops), shoppers, tourists, some statuesque, beautiful models, wags, in the highest of high heels, being pursued, and photographed, by the press.

The sky was blue as far as one could see, the temperature around 18 degrees Centigrade, and we chose to "do lunch" al fresco, basking in the glorious sunshine, enjoying the exciting atmosphere.

Later, having soaked up the ambiance of our surrounds, we made our way, the relatively short distance to once again board our streamlined train - encountering once more the helpful and friendly Gautrain staff.  Before we knew it, we were again whisked away to OR Tambo International Airport.

The trains will eventually carry passengers into the CBD, the northern suburb of Rosebank (which hosts each Sunday morning a "has to be seen" rooftop market) and is situated close to Sandton; and also to Pretoria.