PRASA Board Chairman welcomes the resumption of Cape Town to Langa Train Service


15 February 2021


The Chairperson of the PRASA Board Mr. Leonard Ramatlakane welcomed rail commuters at the service resumption of Cape Town to Langa on Monday 15 February 2021.


The resumption of a rail service between Cape Town and Langa is expected to be widely welcomed by cash strapped commuters spending more than 40% of their disposable income on transport. The resumption of trains services take place after long work by PRASA employees costing millions. The service phase 1 would stop at Langa Station to allow further work of repairs from Langa to Chris Hani Khayelistha and Mitchell Plein, and re-settling the current illegal occupants of rail tracks and reserves at Langa, Phillipi would need to make away for rail service and the City of Cape Town and Provincial government will assist with alternative safer sites as matter of urgency. The Chairperson reiterated that PRASA owed it to communities to re-introduce an reliable safe and affordable public transport during this tough COVID19 and economic times.

The Board and officials from the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) issued the illegal shack dwellers in Siyahlala informal settlement on Monday 1 February with ten-days notice to vacate the tracks of the Cape Town Central Line in order for it to repair and resume the train service.

PRASA’s move follows in the wake of the Minister of Transport’s engagement with the illegal occupants requesting them to peacefully move from PRASA’s servitude. The presence of illegal settlements is a major impediment to construction work on phase 2 Langa to khayelistha.


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