Transport Minister refutes City of Cape Town’s appointment of Rail specialists

by Marie Rodriguez

Transport Minister Blade Nzimande has refuted the City of Cape Town’s appointment of Rail specialists to assist with the takeover plan for passenger rail in Cape Town.

“The aim by the City of Cape Town is devious, opportunistic and absolute political maneuvering that seeks to undermine the sizable efforts by the … government to trade the rail landscape of South Africa, which has been characterized with the aid of many years of disinvestment through the apartheid regime,” Nzimande stated.

In terms of the Legal Succession to the South African Transport Service Act, the Department of Transport is the only valid delivery authority to make sure that rail commuter services are provided within, to and from the Republic inside the public hobby.

“For the City of Cape Town to reinvent the wheel and intrude with the mandate of every other sphere of government will now not be able to assist rail commuters to have an advanced, reachable, reliable and fee-powerful public shipping,” the Minister said.

In dealing with the legacy of disinvestment in rail, the authorities have invested billions in resuscitating this critical mass based totally mode of public transportation that’s used by most of the people of South Africans, blacks in particular.

“Our immediate and pressing challenge is to stabilize and provide a predictable Metrorail service within the present-day capability, measured via expanded ridership, client pride and efficiency,” the Minister said.

The Department of Transport stated the authorities has gradually restored operational balance in Western Cape Metrorail.

“With the Cape Town Corridor requiring about one hundred ten complete teach units, within the 2019/2020 monetary, we’ve got began operating 88 fully configured trains.

“PRASA is also ventured large infrastructure paintings that specialize in, among others, solving of parkways and signaling,” the branch said.

The Minister has appointed a stakeholder member of the family managers from my office primarily based here in Cape Town, Gauteng, eThekwini, and East London (in which Metrorail has operations) to behave as an immediate link between my workplace and diverse stakeholders, which include commuter and network corporations.

In the Western Cape, the Minister has established the Metrorail Security Enforcement Team operating collectively with the very same municipality and the provincial authorities.

“Critical as well as for us to ensure that we provide our demand-pushed offerings in step with consumer tour wishes, coupled with predictability and reliable facts dissemination,” the Minister stated.

Minister Nzimande is presently inside the manner of assembly the Board and Labour Unions to find common solutions to the operational challenges going through PRASA.

These engagements will culminate within the Minister making announcements at the interventions from the authorities to stabilize PRASA.

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