South Africa 23.7.2015 05:48 pm

Committee ‘satisfied with operations’ at Prasa

Paramedics attend to people that were injured in a train crash at Denver station in Johannesburg, 28 April 2015. Picture: Neil McCartney

Paramedics attend to people that were injured in a train crash at Denver station in Johannesburg, 28 April 2015. Picture: Neil McCartney

Parliament’s oversight committee on transport is “satisfied with operations” at the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) and the Mamelodi bus service.

This follows the continuing Prasa saga, the leadership woes, the “monster” newly commissioned trains and the accident which left more than 200 people injured as a result of a faulty signal.

The committee called on stakeholders in the public transport sector to ensure stability in the sector, as “hiccups” will not benefit anyone, said chairperson Dikeledi Magadzi.

She said committee was assured that there was stability at Prasa, and that the air had been cleared on locomotives and coaches.

“Customer satisfaction is quite high, and prices are affordable. This is crucial in a sector tasked with linking South Africa’s poor working class to economic opportunities.

“Public transport is the backbone of any economy in both the developed and developing worlds. The Committee believes that a safe, stable and efficient integrated public transport system is essential, especially if the country is to overcome the triple challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality,” Magadzi said.

She concluded that the government was focusing on infrastructure development.

“The reality is that many South Africans stayed in the periphery of economic activity and require reliable transport every day. Over two million South Africans depend on rail for transportation to and from work,” she said.

 

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