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Ageing rolling-stock get new lease of life as R7.5 Billion general-overhaul contract is awarded

 

22 June 2022

 

The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa is pleased to announce the awarding of the 5-year General-Overhaul contract that will now allow for the heavy maintenance and repairs of our train-sets and clear the backlog. The contract was awarded to five contractors nationally.

 

Many of our train sets are out of commission due to the lifespan of our coaches and the vandalism of our coaches, making our trains hazardous and unsafe for our commuters. Therefore, this is a positive development for PRASA and commuters because we can now start maintenance and refurbishment work and increase the availability of trains as we recover our lines.

 

The lifespan of a coach is about 40 years, however, the majority of our fleet is generally over 50 years old. In the asset lifecycle of trains, individual coaches need to undergo general maintenance every 9 to 10 years. Under the General Overhaul programme, about 380-400 coaches will undergo heavy maintenance and rehabilitation work every year for the next five years.

 

This programme not only supports the Corporate Strategy to provide a safe, reliable, and comfortable service to commuters, but also supports PRASA’S Modernization Programme. As we transition to the new electrical trains manufactured at the Gibela manufacturing plant, the current fleet needs to be maintained until new electrical motor units are finally acquired and fully incorporated into service by estimated 2033. The current fleet is expected to still be operational and systematically phased out by then.

 

The economic benefit of this R7.5 billion contract cannot be understated as this has breathed new life into an industry that was almost left decimated. This contract has the potential to revive and ignite our economy as over 2000 direct jobs are expected to be created. This is a true testament that we at PRASA, move beyond our primary mandate of transportation. This milestone has given our ageing fleet a new lease of life and set to increase productivity, boost confidence and staff morale within our organization. This also gives
PRASA an opportunity to innovate as we expedite the deployment of the new electrical trains.



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