Behind the microphone in The Blue Train lounge at Pretoria Station, Siya Mbambo takes on the aspect of a stand-up comedian, rather than the manager of one of the world’s most iconic luxury trains. “My name is Siya,” he begins, “But I don’t like to say that too loudly in Cape Town…” That brings guffaws of laughter from the whole room and even more from The Sharks contingent, when he adds: “and I am from KwaZulu-Natal, actually…” As he makes other announcements, he is greeted with clapping and even some cheering. “This normally never happens, that people applaud when I…

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