According to Nashira Davids of The Times, the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) has failed to pay Union Carriage & Wagon — a subsidiary of Murray & Roberts — for the refurbishing of rolling stock. 'Next week, Prasa will be hauled before the Johannesburg High Court by UCW because it allegedly'withheld contracted payment'. Murray & Roberts group CEO Brian Bruce announced in his company's annual report that Prasa owes UCW R150 million.
'Prasa has also failed to pay other contractors and suppliers who do crucial maintenance work on trains.
Alan de Goede, owner of electrical engineering company ADG Electric, refuses any further service to Metrorail until it pays the R26,000 he says he is owed. Last year it took Prasa seven months to settle his account of R165,000.
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