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Rail system can’t just chug along

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Trains can be run at a profit and the network can be turned into an asset from the liability it currently is.


12 Feb 2021
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Rail system can’t just chug along

Metro railway line in Pretoria. Photo Twitter

The chief executive of the African Rail Industry Association (Aria), Mesela Nhlapo, was a bit naïve this week when, in a letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa, she described South Africa’s railway network as “the backbone of the SA logistics and transport value chain”. No, it is not. For more than three decades – from before the ANC took over as a government – our rail system has systematically been run down. Once it was the envy of Africa – and most developing countries. Now, both mainline and commuter rail networks are barely shuffling along, beset by ageing equipment and basic...

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