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Old October 14th, 2019, 04:33 AM   #1201
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I was surprised to see this great report on CNN covering the development of SA's new fleet. It comes across as top notch...

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/10/07/b...ntl/index.html
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Old October 24th, 2019, 10:16 AM   #1202
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The train company rebuilding South Africa's commuter fleet








Delayed" and "canceled," two words that infuriate and frustrate train commuters on platforms all over the world. South Africa is no exception to this, as these words regularly appear on the signal boards of the state-owned service, but that could be about to change as major investments aim to modernize the rail network.

Gibela, a joint French-South African company, has won a $3.3 billion contract to replace part of the aging metro fleet run by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA). It's tasked with building 600 modern commuter trains -- and it has just 10 years to do it.

The company says its new 78-hectare train production facility outside Johannesburg is the biggest in Africa. It cost nearly 2 billion rand ($133 million) to build and has the capacity to produce 62 six-car trains a year at peak production -- one of the fastest production rates in the world.

"The rail industry in South Africa is challenged," explained Hector Danisa, CEO of Gibela. "As the community and the society has grown, the rail industry hasn't caught up."

"The passenger rail in Africa is in a dire situation. It's in crisis," said Zukie Vuka, organizer of social media campaign #fixourtrains. "Trains are overcrowded, trains get canceled all the time, trains get delayed."

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Old November 13th, 2019, 12:10 PM   #1204
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New trains finally coming to Cape Town!

Metrorail to bolster WC fleet with 8 new train sets over next 2 months

Metrorail said that over the next two months eight new train sets would be added to its existing fleet in the Western Cape.

Two train sets were already undergoing trial operations.

Metrorail said that technical crews were being trained to operate and maintain the new fleet.

It added that depot and infrastructure technology upgrades were under way and that the re-signalling programme was 84% completed for the entire Prasa Western Cape network.

Metrorail's Richard Walker: "We've identified the Cape Flats corridor as the corridor where we will first introduce these new train sets. Together with the two we already have, over the next two months we're bringing down a further eight more. The approval has already been given by the Rail Safety Regulator to transport those trains down."

The rail operator said that the province would have 20 new trains by the end of 2020 and 35 by end of 2021.

"This is state-owned assets and with the challenges we've been having with our infrastructure in terms of damage and vandalism, we are going to deploy with a very tactful and strategic plan to ensure that we have adequate security on board. The feature of the train lends itself to better visible policing on board as well."

https://ewn.co.za/2019/11/13/metrora...-next-2-months
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