Huge interest in R51bn passenger train project from job seekers
Thousands of job applicants have put up their hands to be part of the skilled workforce that will manufacture and maintain 600 new passenger trains that will replace the old, unreliable trains operated by the Passenger Rail Authority of South Africa (Prasa).
Gibela Rail Transport Consortium – which clinched the R51 billion contract to manufacture the 600 modern trains, consisting of 3,600 passenger coaches – confirmed this week that it had received thousands of applications after it launched an extensive recruitment drive last month to hire operators, artisans, and trainees.
Transnet sells trains to Botswana to diversify revenue streams
As South Africa’s economy faces a sharp economic downturn, state-owned transport and freight logistics company Transnet is frantically searching for new revenue sources outside its home market where it has watched its primary customers take a big financial knock.
Transnet Engineering, a division of Transnet that specialises in the manufacturing and maintenance of railway rolling stock, has just delivered 22 passenger coaches to Botswana Railways.