BILLIONS FOR S A RAILWAYS

In his budget speech to parliament on 22 February, finance minister Pravin Gordhan said an additional R4 billion will be given to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) to begin purchasing new coaches. This is terms of a cabinet-approved programme to replace the current fleet of passenger trains, to be phased in over 20 years. The agency also receives R1 billion to build three depots and upgrade signalling in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape.

Gordhan said the transfer of public transport services to metropolitan areas will be phased in to allow for a better, more integrated public transport network, including rail and bus rapid transit systems.

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