Minister Fikile Mbalula “Long-Term Interventions That Will Introduce Rail-Reform”

Minister Fikile Mbalula Debate On The State Of The Nation Address - You can read the full speech here: https://www.gov.za/speeches/minister-fikile-mbalula-debate-state-nation-address-17-feb-2021-0000#

Rail related highlights:

  • In giving traction to the road to rail shift, we are putting in place long-term interventions that will introduce rail-reform, thereby making rail more effective, efficient, and competitive both in respect of freight and passenger transport.
  • This includes a rail policy and legislation which will support and facilitate investment in rail infrastructure, rail modernisation and technology, safety and economic regulation, and facilitate the participation of the private sector in rail.
  • The Gibela factory in Ekurhuleni is our commuter rail rolling stock manufacturing flagship, which gives practical expression to positioning South Africa as a rail manufacturing hub as part of the North-South corridor projects.
  • Linked to this is the work we must undertake to modernise the commuter rail system in the country. We have allocated billions towards the PRASA Fleet Renewal Programme, being the anchor of the overall modernisation programme. Over the last few years, the pace towards realising the modernisation programme has been painstakingly slow due to a number of challenges confronting PRASA.
  • We expect to see the ramp-up of production of the new trains, with a delivery schedule of 44 trains in 2021/22, 51 trains in 2022/23, and a maximum of 62 trains per annum thereafter. In the 2021/22 financial year, PRASA will be rolling out the new trains in KwaZulu-Natal, Western Cape and Gauteng.
  • In the last year, we took an unprecedented step to shut down the Central Line in Cape Town and the Mabopane Line in Tshwane. This deployment of the new trains will also include these corridors.

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